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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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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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An old favorite

We often spend a Sunday afternoon here , just to get that bit of culture- some nice items-.wish they had a proper tea room it would be a great building to relax in

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We often spend a Sunday afternoon here , just to get that bit of culture- some nice items-.wish they had a proper tea room it would be a great building to relax in

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lady Barber apparently said that the paintings and works of art would only deserve a place here if they were worthy of a National Gallery collection. This has been followed through - it was a wonderful place to wander through with so many highlights it is almost impossible to list - you feel that you could enter with an A... More 

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Thank Derek M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In just a few small galleries, the Barber Institute has examples of many major artists from the 14th to the 21st century. There are some really stunning pictures from British artists but the gallery includes French, Dutch, US and other artists too. There are additional little rooms with temporary exhibitions and a small collection of bronze sculptures. It's 5 minutes... More 

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Thank Neatham
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set in a beautiful Art Deco building in the University of Birmingham campus, is this very interesting gallery. There are some very interesting paintings, even though it is not very big, including Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and Manet. It's easy to get to on the bus from Birmingham city centre, and there is no charge for entry.

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Thank Barry H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ideal place to visit on a rainy day! If you are on a visit to Brum or just out and about near the University of Birmingham,

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Thank guestnumber2015
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small but very pleasant gallery with some gems on show - a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours in the suburbs of Birmingham.

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Thank KennyVJ
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A beautiful building with a chocolate box collection of old masters - one of everything representing a whole history of art from the 13th C onwards. I can't remember all of it but Van Gogh, Sickert, Gauguin, Canaletto, Degas, Monet and Gainsborough spring to mind. It's in the University of Birmingham campus. Parking is easier in the holidays but it... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The art work was brilliant, although I was disaapointed at the small size of the venue, expected to see more.

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Thank Sandra C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

As part of the University campus this gallery has great painting both familiar and those being lent. I like the stories behind the paintings and the varied centuries for these paintings and coins.

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Thank Zaid D
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The Barber is a real hidden gem, tucked away on birmingham university campus. Some of the great painters are represented on its walls, with regular changes. Twice monthly guided tours are very informative about the building & it's exhibits. Regular Concerts are held in the on-site theatre venue. An interesting place to spend an hour or so with easy access... More 

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