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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

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Address: Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1642 726 720
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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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Whilst this place has some very interesting art work it is limited and the experience doesn't last too long. The workshops that are run here are definitely worth taking part in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Kjkeat
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Whilst this place has some very interesting art work it is limited and the experience doesn't last too long. The workshops that are run here are definitely worth taking part in but I think overall it needs something else to grab and hold the attention (especially for kids) worth a visit though if you've never been before.

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Thank Kjkeat
mimamodernart, Public Relations Manager at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us, we are pleased that you found the art work interesting and thought provoking and enjoyed the workshops. We regularly have behind the scenes tours and curator tours to offer more experiences for visitors. We are always pleased to receive feedback and welcome any ideas our visitors have. More 

England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited mama today for the art trolley at 11-12 that is available during summer holidays. We looked round one gallery about immigration which my children have heard about on the news they are all under 9 years old and were quite happy looking at the maps and listening to the videos about different families .such a shame a member of... More 

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Marske-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was part of a group meeting there and the only refreshment was via a small snack bar as the main restaurant was not yet finished but what was available looked lovely and also healthily and freshly made . I will return when the main part opens

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Belper, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really interesting gallery, the exhibition on industry was really interesting and as a first time visitor to the area gave me some insight into Middlesborough past, present and then juxtaposed with contemporary and international industry. The refugees welcome exhibition was discomforting and informative. It felt a bit wrong to look at pretty jewellery and ceramics afterwards. Felt... More 

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mimamodernart, Public Relations Manager at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful and informed review. We are pleased that you found our new summer exhibitions, If All Relations Were to Reach Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve and Teesside World Exposition of Art and Technology, of interest. We hope you can return to Middlesbrough in October to enjoy our winter shows. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Sorry i dont get it ive been a few times now and im sorry to say its poor.cafe is the only thing that really attracts visitors and ok its free but im no expert its just a waste of time.nothing there was of any interest to me and yes im local

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

went on a Saturday full of youths who where drinking on the grass near to the mima using the toilets all running about when I asked a member of staff why this was allowed to happen she just shrugged her shoulders and said it had nothing to do with her

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mimamodernart, Public Relations Manager at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

We are sorry to hear your experience was not what you expected on this occasion. On Saturday 7 May, Centre Square in Middlesbrough outside mima was heavily populated with people celebrating the promotion of the football club into the Premier League. The area became so overcrowded that we took the decision to close the gallery soon after to ensure the... More 

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I started visiting regularly a couple of years ago and enjoy the gallery's purpose built rooms which are airy and show art well. There are regular visiting exhibitions as well as the collection. Moreover there is a nice café and a balcony that overlooks the gardens. Big thanks to Teesside University for taking the gallery on!

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mimamodernart, Public Relations Manager at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

We are thrilled that you enjoy your visits to mima, it’s great to see returning visitors. The café is a work in progress, having recently been taken over by café owner and artist Luke Harding from The Waiting Room. It is currently being renovated to house a larger kitchen which will make a huge improvement to our offering and the... More 

Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Lovely food if a little pretentious-hate waiting (15 mins for cold sandwich)especially when have kids with me-they behaved well with not a lot to do though-less art and more craft needed here

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mimamodernart, Public Relations Manager at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

The café is a work in progress, having recently been taken over by café owner and artist Luke Harding from The Waiting Room. It is currently being renovated to house a larger kitchen which will make a huge improvement to our offering and the service we can provide. More details coming soon... We appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Have you... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

My daughter is an art fanatic and as she has recently turned 16, I took her and two friends (also made about art) to the MIMA as a birthday treat. Since we live in Leeds, I planned an overnight stay so we weren't rushing about. What a huge disappointment! There was a small gallery on the second floor showcasing a... More 

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mimamodernart, Public Relations Manager at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and we are sorry the visit was not what you expected. The exhibition in our main gallery was by Basil Beattie and while we are very proud that he is of local origin, Basil is one of Britain’s most respected painters and we have been delighted that people have travelled from... More 

Yarm, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

I was looking to kill some time in Middlesbrough on a Wednesday afternoon in Middlesbrough before picking up my wife. I went to MIMA at about 3pm. I went round the Basil Beattie , the 1980s Teesside painter, exhibition in the main gallery on the ground floor. This was free. The staff were polite and helpful. I had the place... More 

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