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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 #4 of 199 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Bath, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Long established gallery out at B'ham Uni. High class linked exhibitions showing commendable curatorial skill. Easily accessible from the city centre by bus or train.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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154 reviews 154 reviews
70 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Intimate gallery with only a handful of rooms, so helpful in not being all consuming e.g. An hour or so or busy but a huge breadth and quality of work from classical times to modern. Performance theatre looks small but perfectly firmed also. Wee shop for books, cards and snacks and coffee/ ice coffee etc to go.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We had a few minutes to spare on the day of my sister's graduation at the university and decided to look around the institute. We could not have found a better way to occupy ourselves. I found the diversity of the works a pleasure which was further heightened by the gallery feeling particularly intimate and unassuming. I'll definitely visit again... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

At my old University, the University of Birmingham, this place has good master paintings including Veronese, Monet, Mabuse, Bellini, Manet, Degas, Whistler, Rossetti, Jan Van de Capelle, Janssen, De Heem, Simone Martini, Rodin, Boudin, Pissaro, and many more. The building is an original art deco building. Beware, this is a private art gallery, with the public allowed in. No umbrellas,... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Spent a few hours absorbing the art. Very helpful staff. Free parking through the barrier, just say you are a visitor.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Right on the Birmingham University campus - a wonderful gallery to while away some time taking in the quite exceptional array of art, sculpture and valuable information. An oasis where you almost least expect!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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194 reviews 194 reviews
103 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a jewel of building which is really justifies its international reputation. There is a fine concert hall [where I saw an impressive part of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” being rehearsed] and there are some excellent displays on the ground floor including one on the Barber Operas as well as a small shop... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

the gallery is affiliated with Birmingham university and has some good pieces inside but as far as the gallery experience goes i found it to be slightly dull. Maybe this is due to my interest in more contemporary arts to which they do not offer the best variety.

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Midlands, England
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Lots of interesting stuff from Degas paintings and sculpture to a Benin bronze. Pleasant and quiet with places to sit and contemplate the exhibits. Good little shop, drinks machines and tables to sit at.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This gallery is part of the University of Birmingham. It is not big but the quality of the paintings and sculptures on display more than makes up for this. One can see the items without having to negotiate crowds of other visitors as well. Strongly recommended.

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