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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Address: University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
Phone Number: 44-121-414-7333
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of...

Founded in 1932, this institute has acquired an outstanding collection of Old Master and 19th-century art, which includes masterpieces by Simone Martini, Bellini, Rubens, Murillo and Gainsborough.

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My favourite gallery!

This is one of the lesser known galleries but it is a gem. Tucked away on the university campus it is free to visit and contains a wonderful collection of paintings. I won't go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Adrian G
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the lesser known galleries but it is a gem. Tucked away on the university campus it is free to visit and contains a wonderful collection of paintings. I won't go into detail as the Barber's events and other information is all available on the Institute's web site but it is worth saying that the collection makes... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have been going to the Barber for over twenty years now and it never ever disappoints. The permanent collection of paintings and small-scale 3-D art, arranged more or less chronologically, changes little. It is arranged in four interconnecting rooms of equal size grouped round a square. Other spaces are used for temporary exhibitions, usually one of coins and two... More 

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts offers a memorable visit to a fine collection ... Botticelli, Rubens, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Manet and more. One of the benefits of this relatively small collection (i.e. in contrast to the large city galleries) is the opportunity to see the development and progression of artistic styles from early renaissance religious... More 

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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit out of the way, being on the University of Birmingham site, but an excellent way to while away a couple of hours. Winterbourne Gardens are literally over the road so we often combine them when we have friends staying. Excellent pre-Raphaelite collection along with engravings (Dürer etc), a regularly changing special exhibition and a fine building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really lovely building with top quality art. It reminded me a bit of the Dulwich Art Gallery, being a smallish purpose built art gallery with the highest quality contents. If you can get a guided tour, it is worth doing one, and it is also worth reading the history of the founders and the gallery. Allow two hours to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've known about the Barber of ages and always promised myself I'd go as its local but haven't. Until today. Oh what have I been missing?! If you have the slightest interest in incredible artists then make sure you go here. Hugely recognisable names from art history and being up close and personal to a Turner was just amazing. Tie... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great treasure house of eclectic art and fabulous peaceful place to visit on a rainy afternoon. It is a shame there are not enough visitors to warrant a proper cafe .A tip is to bring your own packed lunch and sit in the University grounds on a sunny day- more seats would be welcome nearby. The car park to... More 

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Barber_Institute, Public Relations Manager at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Many of our visitors and all our staff share your opinion about the lack of a café - although it's not due to a lack of visitors. However, it is a University-owned building, and strategically their catering priorities have as yet been elsewhere on campus. However, our refreshment area does supply a large range of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

So you have a couple of hours to fill in? The Barber Institute will satisfy all you emotions as a first class smallish art gallery with some delightful paintings as well as often changed exhibitions. Those who patrol the galleries can give you information about the painting if you ask for it. There is also a bookshop from which you... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This small gallery is in a lovely little building and set amongst the grounds of the University campus. I came here with an Australian friend who is not a massive art fan, but was very excited to discover a piece by Toulouse Lautrec. There are many beautiful works of art in this small gallery. The setting creates a wonderful atmosphere.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

This is a beautiful worth-visiting art museum. Its collection includes pieces by renowned artists such as Van Dyck, Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, among several others.

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