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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 #3 of 168 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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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Finally made it to the absorber Institute last week after want ing to go for years, and I was not disappointed. After a short (10 minute) train ride from Birmingham New Street to the University station, we wandered through the campus and, after a detour to look at some of the stunning architecture (most notably the Italianate clock tower) we... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This place is a hidden gem . I've been coming to the City for years and thanks to Trip Adviser read about here and was not disappointed . We saw the last day of the Nevvison collection of war pictures which was superb ! Many rate and wonderful paintings and worth adding when you visit the city

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I have been here a few times with my family. There was lots to look at, not much for the children to touch though. We loved the Monet painting and stood a while at the amazing picture despite its small size it does have visiting exhibitions one which we liked was the early money from Islam and Christianly. Very interesting.... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

If you are in Birmingham, don't miss this small building in the back of the campus of University of Birmingham. This private collection of paintings, sculptures and some historical artifacts can be small when compared with large European museums, but the quality of the collection certainly is worth a visit. Expect names like Botticelli, Van Dyck, Manet, Monet, Degas, Van... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Lovely collection, and good temporary exhibitions, well worth a look. Nice to stroll through the University of Birmingham's redbrick campus, looks like a great place to study.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Based at the University Of Birmingham, this out of the way jewel is art deco heaven and houses masterpieces like Monet, Degas, Rubens, Van Dyke, Impressionists, Renaissance, German Expressionists and much more, not like the IKON Gallery rubbish, real art, and with the concert hall downstairs, enjoy the pleasant sound of piano or singing come wafting in through the lovely... More 

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Solihull
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Free entry. A private collection of paintings. Gaugin Picasso and many others. Sometimes they have exhibitions. If you appreciate Art you should visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
37 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The building is very well kept, and very beautiful especially for an art deco buff like me. The staff are lovely and clearly love where they work. The rooms are beautiful and there is always something on that we want to see. My favourite picture is here (when its not on loan) A Taste of Sorrow by Rene Magritte. My... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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57 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

On the University campus (generally free parking at weekends, just ask security) just a sublime - if ecclectic -- collection of painting and other artworks.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place is all about quality not quantity. Great for the discerning and those wanting a tour around, not an epic marathon.

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