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.
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