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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
+44 (0) 1642 726 720
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Ranked #23 of 30 Attractions in Middlesbrough
Type: Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Middlesbrough
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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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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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Yarm, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Came here with my 4 year old and baby. It looks lovely on the outside and I'd looked online and it said family friendly so I thought I'd pay it a visit. On the way in there was a donation box so I put in a couple of pounds. My mum came too and she put in a few pounds... More

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mimamodernart, Visitor Services Officer at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

I am so sorry that you were disappointed with your visit to mima, We pride ourselves on being a family friendly gallery, as well as being extremely visitor focused, with many activities and workshops on family engagement and interpretation available for you to attend. I only wish I could have spoken with you during your visit, and therefore been able... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

It looks great from the outside - a large building close to the city centre and I like modern art. I expected it to be packed full of art, but there seems to be so little exhibition space and much of it I wouldn't class as anything like modern art. It's free, but it should be with this amount to... More

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mimamodernart, Owner at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to mima, though we're glad you liked the building. Inevitably sometimes we have to close some of our galleries when we are changing exhibitions, but this wasn't the case in May. When you visited our ground floor gallery was devoted to our exhibition 'Art & Optimism in 1950s Britain',... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Found this museum by chance on a trip around the UK, I love modern art and think its great what the artists come up with, some of the exhibitions were good interesting by the artists but there were only about 3 in a massive room and wasnt much to see sadly and not much explaining simply the artists ideas about... More

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mimamodernart, Owner at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

We’re glad to hear that you found our exhibitions interesting. We are sorry if you feel as though you were being watched by staff, however their presence is not only to protect the artworks on display, but to be on hand to answer any questions which our visitors may have about our exhibitions. The exhibition which you have mentioned in... More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Came to Middlesbrough specially to visit this museum. on the whole it is nicely designed and in the centre of Middlesbrough. The exhibitions were interesting but it is a fairly small museum.

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mimamodernart, Owner at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

We’re glad to hear that you came to Middlesbrough specially to visit us here at mima, and it’s great to see that you found our exhibitions interesting. This autumn will be opening a brand new permanent gallery space to house our outstanding collection of contemporary jewellery. We do hope that you will visit us again to see this new addition... More

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I visited as there was a specific themed topic i wished to see, which alone was worth the visit, However, the experience of MIMA as a whole was very disappointing, with very little to warrant a return visit in the near or distant future.

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mimamodernart, Owner at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

We’re glad you enjoyed the specific thing you came to visit but sorry to hear that you found your visit to mima disappointing overall. We’d be interested to know what it was that you found disappointing – if you’d like to contact us direct on mima@middlesbrough.gov.uk, we’ll try to address the specific issues. We hope that you come again, as... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I'd been meaning to visit MIMA for years. Now I have and, quite honestly, it will probably be some time before I visit again. It has lots of potential but just too little to see. The current ground floor 1950's exhibition has some interesting paintings but a quick trawl of my local charity shops would have produced more ceramics and... More

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mimamodernart, Owner at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

The paintings featured in our current ground floor exhibition come from both mima’s collection, and those of other major collections across the UK, including Tate and National Galleries Scotland. We hope that you picked up a gallery guide in the exhibition, which provides more detail as to which artists are in the show, and which collections the works come from.... More

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