Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Barber Institute of Fine Arts
4.5
Art Galleries • Concerts • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The galleries at the Grade I listed Barber Institute boast an outstanding art collection, with masterpieces by Botticelli, Rubens, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner and Rossetti, and Monet, Manet and Van Gogh. There's also a dazzling coin gallery, housing Europe's most significant collection of Roman, Byzantine and medieval coins, alongside decorative art and sculpture, and changing exhibitions and displays - all in Birmingham's finest Art Deco building. The lively learning programme for adults and children can be found on the Barber's website. Explore exciting creations by Birmingham-based artists and organisations, check out upcoming workshops and events, and learn more about the collection with the Tuesday Talks podcast. Please book your free visit in advance.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Philippa M
1 contribution
Jan 2022
A really great collection well worth the visit. Highlights included some beautiful early Italian paintings, Ford Maddox Brown's famous 'The Last of England', Degas unusual composition: 'Jockeys Before the Race' and a really striking Frank Auerbach work 'Primrose Hill' . Thank you to Simon Preece, who helped to make the visit even more enjoyable with his informed and interesting insights.
Written January 19, 2022
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Julie B
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Jan 2022 • Friends
The Barber Institute is an exquisite hidden gem of a gallery. At least two hours can be spent in the company of masterpieces and iconic works representing 13th/14th century to 20th century art. We had the galleries to ourselves and a wonderful insight into some of the stories behind the works was offered by visitor liaison Simon Preece. Thank you Simon and thank you to the University of Birmingham for a wonderful experience. We will be back. The bonus is ‘free entry’. The added bonus is extremely friendly and helpful staff. Too many favourites to list here.
Written January 19, 2022
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Jodie H
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Jan 2022 • Couples
Barber has an incredible collection of art on display, the staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable! A great date spot
Written January 18, 2022
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marjlichfield
lichfield10 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Some amazing art gems - from boticelli to gaugin, Van Gogh, degas, Turner. It is a more intimate art space than usual with notably informative and enthusiastic gallery attendants.
Written January 16, 2022
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Kate W
Bath12 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The outstanding friendliness of the staff and the stunning quality of the artworks on show. The size and detail of the special exhibitions were enough to capture interest and to link to other exhibits in the gallery. 'Miss Clara and the Celebrity Beast ' was exceptional.
Talk to the staff, they usually have lots of additional background information.
Written January 9, 2022
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Adam
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
Lovely art gallery. Simon Preece was very welcoming and gave exemplary insights into the artworks. Beautiful building.
Written January 9, 2022
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Jonny
Exeter, UK1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
The Barber Institute is a real gem of an art gallery containing a stunning collection of paintings which will leave a lasting impression. We were lucky enough to have Simon on duty who was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly - thank you for adding so much to our visit!
Written December 23, 2021
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Rosalyn
Charnock Richard, UK10 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Amazing collection of art at the University of Birmingham. Very friendly and helpful staff, and a clean and comfortable setting.
Written December 17, 2021
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Thanks for your review, Rosalyn – and again, for highlighting how friendly and helpful our team were. Keep spreading the word - and hope we see you again in the new year! Happy Christmas!
Written December 21, 2021
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James F
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Solo
A great little gem! Staff were very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable in the gallery which made for a very interesting trip. Highly recommended!
Written December 15, 2021
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Thanks for your review and recommendation. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and appreciated the input from our staff - we'll pass on your positive comments to them!
Written December 16, 2021
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Sarah_E
Birmingham, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
The Barber is a wonderful gallery packed with treasures from every major genre of art. The gallery spaces are beautifully laid out with surprises around every corner. How amazing to find Ford Maddox Brown The Last of England on loan. The staff are so helpful and friendly and keen to share their insight and love of the paintings. The Barber is a true treasure and a highlight of the cultural scene in Birmingham. I could visit every week and never get bored.
Written December 15, 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the galleries and appreciated the insights and enthusiasm of members of our staff. And well done for spotting Ford Maddox Brown's 'The Last of England' - it will be spending an extended vacation with us while Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is closed for essential electrical work. We certainly hope you will return frequently!
Written December 16, 2021
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