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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 200 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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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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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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Old Hill
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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We had a few minutes to spare on the day of my sister's graduation at the university and decided to look around the institute. We could not have found a better way to occupy ourselves. I found the diversity of the works a pleasure which was further heightened by the gallery feeling particularly intimate and unassuming. I'll definitely visit again... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

At my old University, the University of Birmingham, this place has good master paintings including Veronese, Monet, Mabuse, Bellini, Manet, Degas, Whistler, Rossetti, Jan Van de Capelle, Janssen, De Heem, Simone Martini, Rodin, Boudin, Pissaro, and many more. The building is an original art deco building. Beware, this is a private art gallery, with the public allowed in. No umbrellas,... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Spent a few hours absorbing the art. Very helpful staff. Free parking through the barrier, just say you are a visitor.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Right on the Birmingham University campus - a wonderful gallery to while away some time taking in the quite exceptional array of art, sculpture and valuable information. An oasis where you almost least expect!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a jewel of building which is really justifies its international reputation. There is a fine concert hall [where I saw an impressive part of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” being rehearsed] and there are some excellent displays on the ground floor including one on the Barber Operas as well as a small shop... More

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