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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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The place in Birmingham to view fine and classical art in peace.

Enjoyed and I am a person with limited knowledge of classical and fine art. Loads of galleries and loads of names of artists I've only just heard of.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed and I am a person with limited knowledge of classical and fine art. Loads of galleries and loads of names of artists I've only just heard of.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Barber Institute is a pleasant location to while away some time. It is free and puts on interesting programmes of family based activities. A must for lovers of fine and modern art.

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

I visited recently when the Institute hosted a meeting for the sight impaired charity I worked for. After the meeting a tour of the art gallery was arranged with two fantastic guides who described and brought to life the works of art for those without vision. The art work is incredible. The site is small enough to cover in a... More 

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

Fabulous treasures all around this place. You don't need to be 'arty' to enjoy all the beautiful and amazing items on display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This art collection is housed in a very fine building on Birmingham University Campus. The standing collection is superb and there are regular temporary themed displays too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It was okay, I'm not really into arts but I went when my friend came to visit me. We enjoyed walking through the gallery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I loved the range of Art and it had some lovely surprises. Well worth a visit as it is in a lovely spot too surrounded by other fabulous buildings. I was viviting the nearby hospiral daily so found it a great escape.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I first discovered this gem of an art gallery as an 18 year old almost 50 years ago. I have visited many times since most recently with friends who were surprised and delighted by it. It is compact, just four long rooms forming a rectangle. It is free and covers art from the Middle Ages through to the early C20th... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I don't think most people know how privileged they are to have the Barber in the area. It's small, but the quality and calibre of art on display is astounding. It's never too busy, so you can browse and study to your heart's content. There are free classical concerts most weeks in the concert-hall, free talks and guided tours, and... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Absolutely love it here, clean, well maintained. Polite staff. Everyone should visit. Cannot praise it enough.

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