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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 195 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of Old Master and 19th-century art, which includes masterpieces by Simone... more » 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. « less
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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

One of Birmingham's secret delights and well worth visiting if you want a glimpse of what life was like for most people in the past.

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Fiano Romano, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Great collection, with paintings by Monet, Pisarro, Canaletto, Magritte, Rossetti and others. It's not large as the National Gallery, but the paintings collected are wisely selected: some of them let you astonished. Moreover, it's a quiet place, not overcrowded, especially during the morning. Therefore, you can enjoy the pleasure of watching paintings while listening to the music (my suggestion: Pachelbel,... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

At first it was odd walking into the building as it seemed to an auditorium. We spotted the sign to go up the elegant marble stairs for the art. Small stop to admire the Rodin and skip past the school kids.then it was a series of rooms in a square, showing old masters on each side. The lighting on some... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is a place that deserve to be included in a cultural visit to Birmingham. The paintings and sculptures are very nice and the location is great.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

many years we at last got the chance to visit here and if you love art it is well worth a visit only a small place but some world famous painters are on show here in a nice art deco building,well worth a visit.

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West Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

High quality exhibits with informative narrative makes this place unique in Birmingham. Can walk here so visit several times a year.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Easy to find and yet we had never visited before, The Barber Institute is in Edgbaston and is a real local gem. They have a great Gallery with plenty of famous works but not huge and then we went to a free lunchtime concert in their modest sized auditorium in an Art Deco style which was a pleasure to attend.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

The Barber Institute on the University of Birmingham campus is an amazing small gallery which will give you a pretty good introduction to Western art in under an hour. My five year old loves it (particularly Puvis de Chavannes' Beheading of John the Baptist) and they quite often have activities for kids. It's usually quite quiet and you can take... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

really liked the building and the atmosphere and was impressed by the quality of the artists on display

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Ewing, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

i liked the arts!i am not so much of an art person but i enjoyed this trip..the music hall with the arts in the beautiful beautiful university of Birmingham Campus,it contains both old and contemporary art work..so it has sort of a timeline frame.

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