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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

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Address: Middlesbrough Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
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+44 1642 726720
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art...

Mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Architects is situated in the heart of Middlesbrough. mima opened to international critical acclaim on 27 January 2007. Mima hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present. Featuring work by internationally acclaimed artists.The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time, from Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Cleveland Craft Centre. Selected works from the collection are showcased in an annual collection show. Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.

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Should we be grateful in the Boro for this white elephant

Not sure about this place as to whether the 20 million costs should ever have been allowed to build it, got some interesting items and some not so interesting, it's really... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 8, 2017
Dave J
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Stokesley, United Kingdom
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've been a few times before to see excellent exhibitions, and accepted that the cafe was just average. This latest trip was a disappointment, the Winifred Nicholson exhibition was dull and not much of her best work was on show. We'd heard that the cafe had been upgraded, but it was more style over substance as the menu was better... More 

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Berkeley, Ca
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114 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I arrived, it was a whim to go there - out of the blue. So naturally they only had one gallery open. My fault, my bad timing, and I should have contacted them first to ask? But when you see this building, it is massive, you expect there to be vast amounts inside to fill it. But no. You... More 

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I now really enjoy visiting mima. A few years ago it was a rather superfluous addition to Middlesbrough - nothing much related to the town or its population. However, since the transfer to Teesside University and the appointment of Alistair Hudson as Director of mima in October 2014 things have changed - and for the better. His new vision for... More 

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Thank Janice J
Northallerton, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Used to be the Middlesbrough Council Art Gallery but now operated by Teesside University. The building has a bright and airy feel with wide corridors. Pictures,to me, are too spread out.

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Thank challenger530
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited mima yesterday. there were craft activities for children which they loved and the staff running these were excellent, very enthusiastic. Only two exhibits open as they were changing over but they were both great, staff very knowledgeable. cafe served delicious food. A good few hours out and admission free so cant complain

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Thank purplestrawberry
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In fairness I don't like modern art. The 'art' is not what I would consider to be art though my friend does find some of it to be intriguing.

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Thank Cherie K
Bedale, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

I visit a lot of Art galleries ,all over the world and MIMA is up there with the best . Ok it's not huge but the quality and knowledge of the staff is exceptional. Beautifully displayed art in wonderfully designed and built spaces makes the visit a joy .

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Stokesley, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Not sure about this place as to whether the 20 million costs should ever have been allowed to build it, got some interesting items and some not so interesting, it's really significant when most reviewers say "it as a great cafe", well we stuck with it so try to enjoy as I am sure in 10 - 20 years time... More 

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North Yorkshire
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45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Visited MIMA with my 9 year old daughter before taking a group of students with significant and multiple disabilities. Couldn't have felt more welcome! Accessible exhibition spaces, staff totally unfazed by the needs of my students. My daughter involved in school holiday "art trolly" activities. High quality exhibitions of a variety of genres and styles. All that and a nice... More 

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Cleveland UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Fantastic food - what else needs saying. Well, the restaurant has glass walls so great if you like to eat and people watch, the tables are quirky, staff extremely helpful and children were very welcome. We had vegetarian option but saw meat meals being served and they looked wonderful too. Comments from fellow consumers were all extremely positive. Unfortunately by... More 

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