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“Jaaw-dropping Collection of Great Art” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #14 of 306 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Jaaw-dropping Collection of Great Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Think of an artist. Monet... Check. Turner... Yep, he's here too. Degas - Sure, one of the best in Europe. Renoir - certainly; van Gogh, Gauguin, Gainsborough, Manet - all of the above. Rubens - several. Rossetti - yes, probably the finest outside of London. Rodin - a couple. Reynolds - a handful of these too. This draw-dropping collection of major paintings and a few sculptures really is like a mini version of the National Gallery, with a rolling programme of exhibitions, concerts, workshops and events for all ages. There's no cafe, unfortunately, but a good selection of sandwiches and snacks, cold drinks and fairly decent coffee and tea are available from the machine. Also, the loos in this Art Deco masterpiece of a building are worthy of a visit on their own! It's really easy to get here too - a 10-minute walk across the campus of the University of Birmingham from University rail station, or a couple of minutes from one of the many bus-stops on the roads that surround the campus.

Visited July 2013
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“example from across the centuries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This collection has art, mainly paintings from many classic eras. it is quite comprehensive and the way it is arranged in date order shows the development of the art. There are special exhibitions, several each year. the gallery is a free gem and well worht a visit. The hall on the ground floor has lectures and music events, and concerts mainly with a small charge. you'll need to pay for parking in the Uni car park.

Visited October 2012
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“Fine Indeed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

A must visit place in Birmingham away from the City Centre.
A little gem to discover, that was recommended to me by the late and great author, Richard Binns.
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Gary Saunders

Visited June 2013
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“Superb Gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

We heard about this gallery from Tripadvisor .... well done Tripadvisor...and decided to spend an hour or two there. We took the train from Birmingham New Street to The University and then it is a 15 minute walk to the Art Gallery. It is a wonderful small collection with top-notch paintings beautifully displayed in an impressive building. No addmittance charge. When we were visiting there was a small, but glorious, collection on display from the Royal collection of miniatures. Worth going to see that alone. The collection is not that well signposted from the station but head towards the tall clock tower and you will not go far wrong. The area was all but deserted when we were there and hardly anyone looking round the gallery. Highly reccommended

Visited July 2013
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“A real gem of a place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Worth the trip out to the campus, a lovely gallery with some beautiful art and artefacts. Some fabulous Pre-Raphaelite works too.

Visited September 2012
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