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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Neighborhood: Edgbaston
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Address: University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
Phone Number: 44-121-414-7333
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of...
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.
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An excellent discovery

Just visited Birmingham University for an open day. I thought I'd try and instil some culture on my rather uncouth son. I wasn't expecting much. How could I? There were no queues... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Just visited Birmingham University for an open day. I thought I'd try and instil some culture on my rather uncouth son. I wasn't expecting much. How could I? There were no queues, no admission fee, and no surly security guard eyeing you for carrying a camera. Bound to be some anaemic collection of the tackily cheap, usually sentimental trash that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Superb painting, fantastically curated and just the right size to keep you really interested. You would missing something very special indeed, if you don't visit..

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The Barber Institute is in Selly Oak and I suspect that its location, away from the city centre, is the reason why it is underused. As a result I have found it to be relatively quiet whenever I have visited. I wish that all art could be viewed in such an elegant building as this, with an array of world... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We were so pleased that the Barber Institute was recommended to us by a family member - we wouldn't have known about it otherwise. We visited for about an hour. I loved the building itself and there were some interesting pieces in the gallery. I particularly enjoyed the temporary exhibition of modernist portraits. I can't recommend this gallery highly enough... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Although relatively small, and lacking the scope of Brum's prestigious Museum & Art Gallery, this place has plenty to recommend it. Well worth a short trip out of town (or on the way in, if you're travelling from the south).

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Coventry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I'm no art expert, but for range and quality of the pictures this would be difficult to beat. Perhaps because is is little known outside Birmingham it is very quiet. Being on the University Campus, I suspect that few even know of its existence! A rare treat of a gallery

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This is a broad selection of work previously in a single collection I believe. The building itself is a work of art and has a calm atmosphere. A must for lovers of art and architecture.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Enjoyed and I am a person with limited knowledge of classical and fine art. Loads of galleries and loads of names of artists I've only just heard of.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Barber Institute is a pleasant location to while away some time. It is free and puts on interesting programmes of family based activities. A must for lovers of fine and modern art.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I visited recently when the Institute hosted a meeting for the sight impaired charity I worked for. After the meeting a tour of the art gallery was arranged with two fantastic guides who described and brought to life the works of art for those without vision. The art work is incredible. The site is small enough to cover in a... More 

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Additional Information about Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Address: Address: University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
Phone Number: 44-121-414-7333
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Midlands  >  Birmingham>  > Edgbaston
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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