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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Neighbourhood: Edgbaston
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Address: University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
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+44 121 414 7333
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of...

Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of Old Master and 19th-century art, which includes masterpieces by Simone Martini, Bellini, Rubens, Murillo and Gainsborough.

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Brilliant gallery

A small collection but one of outstandingly high quality..the Van Gogh and Gauguin were the highlights for us.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A small collection but one of outstandingly high quality..the Van Gogh and Gauguin were the highlights for us.

Thank paulbayes
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My friends and I visited the Barber as a sudden alternative to another venue. It was a shrewd move. What a fantastic place to spend hours soaking in art and culture. It was a deep meaningful experience and I learned far more than expected. Very much recommend a visit.

Thank David B
Rhyl, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a visit with a friend as one of our regular "culture of Birmingham" trips. Very easy to get to - New Street Station to University. Well signposted from station. Stunning building in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham University. There was a lunchtime choir concert taking place. The galleries have a wide variety of well displayed high quality, international... More 

Thank 907margaretd
Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fine Art Deco building houses are a modest number of high quality works. It is well worth a visit and can be viewed within a couple of hours, though repeat visits could be rewarded. The works can be easily viewed and there is a little something for everyone.

Thank Barry H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best small collections of art in the country, and it's free! Lunctime lectures and concerts (also free!) are such a great educational experience. The gallery is next to the Edwardian Winterbourne House and on the outskirts of the leafy University of Birmingham campus.

Thank r0siebirmingham
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here in March for a concert of Monteverdi madrigals and opera performed by the excellent I Fagiolini. Seeing that the art gallery normally closed at 5, we were surprised and delighted to find it open upon our arrival. It's gratis to get in, and the range of art displayed is amazing for a small gallery. There are too many... More 

Thank Andythebaggie
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well set out venue with interesting galleries. A pleasant way to spend a few hours. An orchestra was practising in the concert hall for a later performance & the music added to the enjoyment. A shame there is no longer a cafe but there is a self service drinks machine & a small selection of snacks with a few... More 

Thank Janet F
Oldham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small gallery within the grounds of the University of Birmingham. Set in four rooms on one floor it has a wide range of paintings. Some are particularly important, EG Ford Madox Brown's The Leaving of England. It is wheelchair accessible. You must go to the rer of the building to gain access and use the intercom on... More 

Thank stewrat222
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small gallery and arts centre next to Birmingham University. Lots of interesting talks, musical performances and art exhibitions in a lovely building. Well worth a visit.

Thank Kath634
Darlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This museum had paintings from a vast period and a wide range of artists. Well worth a visit. Perhaps if bringing children (any age), bring an art pad for them to try to copy some of the works?

Thank G D

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