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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 #3 of 160 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of Old Master and...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Fantastic collection, all beautifully displayed and wonderfully chosen. World class art gallery. A hidden gem in this modern city.

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Campinas, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Gallery within the university, beautiful works of art. Only selected works by museum staff. Area not very big, but with beautiful works.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Visited on the way to an appointment at Queen Elizabeth hospital and had an hour to spare. This must be one of the best, most concise tour through 500 years of European fine art around. Starting in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries with religious works by among others Botticelli and Canaletto you quickly move through more pastoral times with paintings... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

An excellent permanent collection with interesting well curated special exhibitions. No fancy expensive cafe (machine drinks available if you must) - just a geat art gallery.

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

There is so much to see in this Art gallery. there are exotic items from all over the world and from different dates. I went last week to see the interesting exhibition of the War Artist "C.R.W. Nevinson". They also have music Concerts. I have visited many times over the years and there is always some wonders to behold.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Easily accessible from city centre - ten minutes by train then ten minute walk across the campus. Small gallery but with a high quality art selection. I had lunch in the Astor Suite ("fine dining") which is recommended.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Had not been to the gallery for some time but was attracted to the Nevinson war art exhibition. Well worth the 60 mile round trip. Also managed to renew my 'acquaintance' with the Degas ballet bronzes and a host of impressionist paintings unique to the Barber. With all the recent and current building developments around the University The Institute would... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Set in the grounds of Birmingham University, the Gallery is easily reached by train from the centre of Birmingham. It's a small gallery, so it's not a long visit but there are some good exhibits and there are temporary exhibitions. To extend your visit, there are other attractions nearby and parts of the campus are very attractive. Well worth a... More 

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Thanks to the Barber's generous loans policy some treasures from other galleries are currently on display. "Woman sleeping in a chair" by Picasso has arrived from Yokohama and a Paul Klee will arrive from Germany in November. The comprehensive CRW Nevison temporary exhibition was an eye opener for me and well worth visit and I also looked in on my... More 

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Worcester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The best is on offer, completely free, at the Barber Institute every Friday at 1.10 p.m. Since this is part of Birmingham University, the concerts are largely attended by students, and it so nice to have an audience of largely young people appreciating good music. The concert hall has an intimate atmosphere. Snacks are available beforehand.

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