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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England (Edgbaston)
44-121-414-7333
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Ranked #4 of 202 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of Old Master and 19th-century art, which includes masterpieces by Simone... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a museum that few know about, and although you can go around it in 20 minutes or so, you can also take hours if you enjoy reading all the blurbs. Well know painters and scupters, some famous works, and yet so few are aware of it. During term time there are free lunchtime concerts by the students if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Stunned just stunned ...Monet Manet Picasso Canaletto Reynolds van dyke to name but a few . The quality of pictures on show here is breath taking I can't think of anywhere this small with such a class array of art. Well presented on a single floor in the university campus who ever you are you will not be disappointed .... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

lots of space, exhibits well sited and no crowds. Parking can be a problem so perhaps best to get the train to University and walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Well worth a visit for the building alone - have a look at the concert hall for classic 1930's design. The collection is small but surprisingly good. Combine with a visit to Winterbourne - 5 mins walk away for a great day out

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midlands UK
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The displays always amaze me and the quality of the work is perfection. the staff are amazing with knowledge and courtesy. I love my regular visits to this place and recommend everyone should visit when in the area if they can… Fantastic experience for art lovers and Culture Seekers

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I am always impressed by the quality of paintings at the Barber. Though the collection is small it is of high quality and well displayed. Refreshments could do with a revamp.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a perfect size for an art gallery, we often 'pop in' on Sunday afternoons. It holds a wide range of paintings and sculptures from C15 to quite current including some French impressionist. They do some very good work with school groups too, I've taken children from my special needs school and seen children display awe and wonder. Actually... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Fantastic art gallery on The University of Birmingham Campus. Open at weekends, too. Must visit if in Birmingham.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Long established gallery out at B'ham Uni. High class linked exhibitions showing commendable curatorial skill. Easily accessible from the city centre by bus or train.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Intimate gallery with only a handful of rooms, so helpful in not being all consuming e.g. An hour or so or busy but a huge breadth and quality of work from classical times to modern. Performance theatre looks small but perfectly firmed also. Wee shop for books, cards and snacks and coffee/ ice coffee etc to go.

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