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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Address: University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England (Edgbaston)
Phone Number: 44-121-414-7333
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Ranked #12 of 301 things to do 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I've been to this gallery a number of times and so I think it time to announce, on behalf of my adopted town of Birmingham, that it is one of the best small galleries anywhere. It's a well laid out gallery right from the moment you walk into the foyer and see the sculptures including the splendid Rodin at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have been at the university for over 7 years now and cannot believe I haven't been here sooner!! In a beautiful building, beautiful pieces including Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh, can you believe it, in Birmingham, and for free!!! Will definitely be returning. A beautiful ten minute walk from university station. I think they should put an actual coffee... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Barber Institute is on the edge of Birmingham University's campus, a 10 minute walk from University station. It is a lively building, especially at half-term, with the gallery on the first floor. It has a well balanced selection of Western art which is well worth seeing. It is free, although with donations obviously welcomed.

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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Tucked away the barber holds many fantastic paintings and sculptures, of the world. Easy to access by car and train Enough said

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I've lived in and near Birmingham for a very long time but only managed to get to this gallery recently. It's wonderful with some permanent exhibitions (including some big-name artists) and a regular programme of temporary events. There's a small shop but I didn't notice anywhere selling refreshments but that didn't matter over much because the art on display is... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Great place that we never had visited before. Sits in the University just off the Bristol Road, there is parking nearby and we enjoyed a great free concert which happen regularly here. Lovely architecture and a great historic part of the city to be enjoyed by all.

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The Barbour Institute at Birmingham University is a gem of an art gallery. Small but perfectly formed! It has a range of lovely paintings in the permanent collection and often has very interesting temporary exhibitions as well.

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I spent 3 years studying at the University and only managed one visit to the Barber. Too busy studying [yeah right!]. I've made up for my youthful neglect since though. I go regularly and take family and friends too. It's like a potted history of art with fine examples from many periods and cultures though focusing on western European works.... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is a wonderful treat. Free to go in - suggested donation of £5 but no pressure to pay. A range of art from previous centuries, with many famous names including Rodin, Turner, Rubens, manet, Monet, the list goes on. The architecture and design of the building itself is enjoyable and there are lots of seats as you go round.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Wanted to visit as I had 90minutes to kill in Birmingham while waiting for a plane. Drove around most of the campus trying to find apparently the only public carpark. No signposts anywhere and the security guard I asked gave me vague directions that seemed to send me back to where I had come (QEH). I couldn't find the multistory... More 

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Barber_Institute1, Public Relations Manager at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, responded to this review

Dear Kevin H, We are very sorry to read that you were actually prevented from visiting the Barber Institute recently, despite your best attempts, due to problems accessing car parking. This is particularly frustrating to hear from a visitor who was coming into the city specifically to see the gallery! We note your concerns about lack of sign-posting. I shall... More 

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