We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1642 726 720
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art...
Mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Architects is situated in the heart of Middlesbrough. mima opened to international critical acclaim on 27 January 2007. Mima hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present. Featuring work by internationally acclaimed artists.The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time, from Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Cleveland Craft Centre. Selected works from the collection are showcased in an annual collection show. Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 85 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Small but surprisingly good

It is a while since I visited, but I recall being pleasantly surprised by some of the works there, no major names but an excellent display of art.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Anne D
Add Photo Write a Review

85 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is a while since I visited, but I recall being pleasantly surprised by some of the works there, no major names but an excellent display of art.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

There used to be an Art Gallery on Linthorpe Road which was outstanding, featuring paintings and photos from local artists. MIMA is a colossal disappointed, a fantastic building from the outside, inside it's mostly empty, local people vote with there feet and stay away, apart from occasionall school parties it's empty, the bored listless staff, who are quick to pounce... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Middlesbrough
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
81 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Maybe it's because I don't like or understand modern art but the exhibits we seen were all rubbish, something I could of done my self and I am not gifted in an artist sense. To me art is a beautifully painted picture or sculpture not some disjointed mess trying to convey some unfathomable message.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Selangor, Malaysia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is located in the centre of town, just behind the main library. It is 15 minutes walking from the train station and may be 10 minutes from the town main bus station. The gallery has a modern design with lots of full-height windows and open staircases. It stands out in the centre of the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
derbyshire
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

I attended the MIMA to deliver some legal training for the local authority. The facilities were fantastic, staff very helpful and lunch times were enhanced by being able to view the different attractions within. I would certainly recommend it as a venue for business meetings or training events.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Erskine, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
85 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The building is quite modern and stunning. The quality of the modern/contemporary art on show was high, although I would have preferred there to be more of it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
North East England
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It always surprises me how serendipity leads one to discover art that one would not purposefully search for. I was early for a meeting so popped into mima – the gallery of modern art in Middlesbrough. This not a place that I am wholly comfortable with, finding that its contents are usually a victory of style over substance. However on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Waste of a fine building. Sparse exhibits. Only interesting display was the military one, and it's NOT art. One gallery has some unexceptional B&W photos, about half of which are 'Untitled'. The exhibit, ironically, is called "Naming". Groups of very young, very noisy children in 2 of the 3 rooms further diminished the experience. I'm not sure what they could... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cumbria, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I visited MIMA with two friends - mostly to see the St Ives exhibition. I have been to very many art exhibitions in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow and I have to say that the MIMA exhibition was probably one of the best I have ever seen - both from content and the excellent curation of the paintings, sculptures and display... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
42 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Let me confess at the outset that I am not a great lover of modern art. Some work I can admire. Some is, by any standard, a complete nonsense and the gullibility of the public in accepting the ridiculous as something special because a so-called expert says it is, never ceases to amaze me. Having said that, I was really... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) also viewed

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
 
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
 

Been to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

Address: Address: Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1642 726 720
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Middlesbrough
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?