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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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Type: Art museums, Museums
Owner description: Mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
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
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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North East England
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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 

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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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 

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Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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39 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

What a collection and what a well presented gallery! We visited with a friend to see the new jewellery gallery and David Lynch exhibition in December and were pleasantly surprised to find an exhibition including some of the greats of modern art as a part of a focus on St Ives. The only issue I'd have is with the cafe... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Although I live locally I have never visited MIMA before, I will definitely visit again after this experience. The building was enjoyable to walk around and the sculptures displayed benefitted from a lot of natural overhead light. We didn't eat in the cafe although it did look inviting and child friendly. The St Ives exhibition was wonderful and I would... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Lovely staff with weekend activities for the kids for free. It's built in a very nice way from the inside and you still can have coffee in the inside coffee shop. Visit near it the bottle of notes

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St.Andrews
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158 reviews 158 reviews
44 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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