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Address: Middlesbrough Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, England
Phone Number: +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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Could be amazing. ...but it's not

Thank heavens that a place like this exists in Middlesbrough. But it could be so much more with a little thought. Firstly, how about making something golf your front door... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 16, 2016
AdventureCapitalist6
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited MIMA as we had 'arty' friends staying with us. The building is lovely and spacious with excellent views from the roof terrace. The setting is excellent too in an open area with green space, a lake with ducks and fountains and one of those water features where jets spring from the ground. We all agreed that some of... More 

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

Hello Linda, thanks for taking time to post. Just wanted to check if you went into the large ground floor galleries and saw the Winifred Nicholson exhibition, Liberation of Colour, this is the largest exhibition of her works to date. We are also show Turner prize short listed artists Jane and Louise Wilson: Undead Sun along. Our exhibitions change next... More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a delightful place, with lovely staff. From the banner across the stairs saying "Refugees Welcome" (from an earlier exhibition but the people wanted it to stay) to a Tate-worthy installation by Jane and Louise Wilson, to a museum collection of crafts (ceramics and jewellery when I was there), to a serious retrospective of work by Winifred Nicholson, this place... More 

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Thank Judith M
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great ground floor show at the moment and increasingly the gallery is becoming animated. Clearly the community is heavily engaged. Great new vegetarian restaurant, superb.

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Thank Kevin P
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very relaxing atmosphere in a building full of light and space. A variety of exhibitions were available including films. Spent 2 hours wandering at a very calm pace.We ate in the restaurant - very organic and slow but worth it to chill out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited MIMA as it was holding some events for Northern Children's Book Festival. It is a great space and although we had a busy day of activities we took the time to visit the Winifred Nicholson exhibition which we really enjoyed including my 7 yo daughter who loved the use of colour and the flowers in the paintings. One... More 

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Middlesbrough
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been a few times for various reasons they have events so been to a few of those used to have big comfy sofa'/ but they took them away which was a shame as we loved to sit there with mugs of hot chocolate putting the world to rights :) Check see what is going on as they may be aomething... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We visited the MIMA and walked around the exhibition on Winifred Nicholson - really excellent and well worth seeing. We spent so long that we only visited the grouond floor. We also stopped for lunch in the newly opened cafe/restaurant and it was their first day. It was wonderful - tasty, home made food, great surroundings, and the people running... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Thank heavens that a place like this exists in Middlesbrough. But it could be so much more with a little thought. Firstly, how about making something golf your front door! ! There's little signage, it's tucked in a nook of the building and we walked passed it twice! ! Don't you want people to know you're here?! The coffee shop... More 

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

Hello, thank you for your comments. You may have read that since your visit we have announced our Middlesbrough Collection which the public were invited to curate will be on display from 4 February 2017. On our Facebook and Twitter pages we have been posting about a branding project that we are working on too. We change our exhibitions next... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

The name (very cool) and the building as you approach it (very cool), lead you to think this is, (surprisingly for a town like Middlesborough), going to be a great modern / contemporary art experience. It's not. Ground floor mainly taken up with a cafe / bar and small poorly stocked shop. No real art of any note. A few... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

if people love the tate in london they will love this i am sorry it was not good to me i hate looking at a stack of chair and being told that it art but art lover might like it as it is light and airy as a lot of glass in the building the center square was nice to... More 

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