Moved from London to Canterbury 3 yrs ago & for most of that time The Beaney under was construction (opened Sept 2012). Eagerly awaited its opening- have been sadly disappointed at end product.
It's just so dull! There's v little for children: just drawers with themed toys in each gallery. The effect of this is my 2 yr old screaming over farm toys ("moo!") whilst gallery goers trying to enjoy farmyard oil paintings can't concentrate and glare at us. This stuck-in-a-corner-afterthought approach doesn't work: why not follow approach of EVERY proper museum (Natural history & Science etc, etc) and have interactive exhibits? And spaces/ exhibitions for families? The curators shd look at other museums & copy best practice. What's there now (paid for thru my local taxes) is poor and old fashioned: Canterbury deserves better.
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