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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

Address: Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1642 726 720
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Ranked #19 of 22 Attractions in Middlesbrough
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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.

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St.Andrews
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147 reviews 147 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

It was a simple idea (which are,very often, the best) when Derek Eland gave serving soldiers small pieces of card on which to write down some of their thoughts and experiences in Afghanistan; and which were carefully and respectfully placed in the exact positions as when the writers placed them. I had a lump in my throat as I read... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

MIMA itself isn't too bad, and there is a lot of activity that happens in there, how-ever it would be a lot better if there was more featured exhibitions, and they were advertised within Middlesbrough.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The building itself is very modern and impressive but the displays were just dreadful. Downstairs was dedicated to a female artist who must have been rather weird and depressed. It was such a gloomy display and not even very good. There was a poetry reading going in an adjoining room and upstairs was a jewelry display. One necklace consisted of... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The outside of the building looks fantastic and really quite interesting. Inside were a couple of pieces of 'art', but most was just cheap trash that someone has bragged about being art. Clearly no talent on the majority of pieces and it made the few good pieces inside feel somehow worth less. If I created art pieces, this would be... More

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middlesbrough
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101 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I am often disappointed in this place as I always want it to be bigger and display more than it does. It seems to take up a vast space but then displays very little. There was a special display with artists to chat to but I cannot help thinking that this was more for those in the know and not... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

What a waste of public money. The displays are poorly put together - was it art I was looking at? No, it was not. I will not be visiting this "art gallery" again.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went once and the displays were atrocious. A portion of wall with plain light blue kitchen tiles covering it does not represent art to me. I plastered and tiled my kitchen walls above the worktop and did at least as good a job as this work of 'art'!!!. Another gem was some roadwork cones wrapped in orange paper. I must... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I love MIMA! The gallery is situated in a beautiful building, I've seen some interesting exhibitions there, but also some I didn't enjoy. Cool place for lunch and a little rest in very pleasant environment.

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Sedgefield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Called in recently expecting to see something thought provoking. Not a great deal to see at all. More staff than art. The only thought it provoked for me- Where is the Art? Can't imagine I will be visiting again and certainly would not recommend to others based on what I saw.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

MIMA is a local museum to us and offers an amazing day out. First you can let the kids make poems, art projects and other fun things to do- the kids can pick up colouring sheets on the way around. Also, multiple typewriters are dotted around a certain room- and you can print what you've wrote and take it home.... More

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