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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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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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Still impresses after many visits

The main collection of the Barber holds a great deal of masterworks that you might not expect from such a small gallery in Birmingham. It is a brilliant place to walk around no... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The main collection of the Barber holds a great deal of masterworks that you might not expect from such a small gallery in Birmingham. It is a brilliant place to walk around no matter how many times I've been. The special exhibitions are always of the highest quality and the gallery continues to impress. It's free entry but I'd encourage... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is a collection which is small in quantity but very high in quality. It is breathtaking to see so many great works of art in such a small gallery - it feels quite a feast. Even better, because it is relatively little known, and not situated in a city centre, it is blissfully quiet, allowing you the time and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is perhaps the best thing to see or do in Birmingham in my opinion (besides drinking pints). The collection here is one of the best I've seen with a plethora of household names from the the Renaissance through to Picasso. There are stunning impressionist and pre raphaelites alongside Dutch masters and some of the earliest Italian Renaissance paintings. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We have been to this gallery lots of times. It is amazing. Also, they do some different workshops with reasonable price for children on the weekends or during the school holidays, which is brilliant for my daughter. She really enjoyed the summer ones we booked for her last year.

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

A fantastic collection of oil paintings from medieval times to the 20th century in a beautiful setting. I visit regularly and am proud I have this place on my doorstep. The institute is still actively buying works of art and loaning their own treasures as they have so many pictures of National importance.

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west midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This took my breath away. Such a gem to find. I cannot believe that I was standing in front of such well known artists. I imagined them standing in front of the canvas, being as close as I was. I felt as though I too had stepped back in time. Wonderful place to visit.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Although I have not had the chance to visit this attraction for a long time, The Barber Institute shows a number of interesting significant works by famous artists. Also they provide a very interesting experience for School Children with innovative hands on workshops. I will update this review after my next visit.

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Wonderful art with free admission. A great location in the heart of lovely birmingham university. Easy to get too from Birmingham New Street Station, and walk to from the university station. I would highly recommend.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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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birmingham
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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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