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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
+44 121 414 7333
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wonderful art gallery

This smallish gallery is a gem. Based on the University site in Edgbaston it is definitely worth a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
A gem, worth worth a visit

Having studied art history in the rooms below the collection, I not completely impartial, but the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
+44 121 414 7333
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This smallish gallery is a gem. Based on the University site in Edgbaston it is definitely worth a visit. They have workshops and concerts on some days, so check the website for more activities there. The collection is wonderful, with works of art from almost...More

Thank ukcamel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having studied art history in the rooms below the collection, I not completely impartial, but the Barber really is a gem. It's a small collection but manages to cover the history of western art in just four galleries. Bite size

Thank sewlovetotravel
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The building and collection are always worth a visit and there is a changing exhibition before you enter the main gallery. Looking forward to going back and trying the sound walk.

Thank Minkishire
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Been meaning to visit this place for so long and finally made it. So pleased. Quiet - almost had the gallery to ourselves. Only a handful of rooms but each had a surprising number of pictures or sculptures from well- known artists through the ages....More

Thank hilaryb53317
Reviewed 28 April 2017

The art gallery is a surprising gem with works from many well-known artists. We attended a free lunchtime concert. Some technical hitches, not really our taste in music, but fine overall.

Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A small collection but one of outstandingly high quality..the Van Gogh and Gauguin were the highlights for us.

Thank paulbayes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My friends and I visited the Barber as a sudden alternative to another venue. It was a shrewd move. What a fantastic place to spend hours soaking in art and culture. It was a deep meaningful experience and I learned far more than expected. Very...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This was a visit with a friend as one of our regular "culture of Birmingham" trips. Very easy to get to - New Street Station to University. Well signposted from station. Stunning building in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham University. There was a lunchtime choir...More

Thank 907margaretd
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The fine Art Deco building houses are a modest number of high quality works. It is well worth a visit and can be viewed within a couple of hours, though repeat visits could be rewarded. The works can be easily viewed and there is a...More

Thank Barry H
Reviewed 7 April 2017

One of the best small collections of art in the country, and it's free! Lunctime lectures and concerts (also free!) are such a great educational experience. The gallery is next to the Edwardian Winterbourne House and on the outskirts of the leafy University of Birmingham...More

Thank r0siebirmingham
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