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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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Well worth a visit -- then another

Just a little way out of Birmingham City, and actually on the campus of the University, this is an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
An unexpected pleasure.

To be honest, we went past this gallery on the way to the Lapworth Museum of Geology and decided to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Birmingham, 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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University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
+44 121 414 7333
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a little way out of Birmingham City, and actually on the campus of the University, this is an art gallery as well as a concert hall. The gallery includes work by Monet, Manet, Magritte, Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti, Rodin, Degas, Delacroix, Picasso, Botticelli, Turner and...More

Thank davidastro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be honest, we went past this gallery on the way to the Lapworth Museum of Geology and decided to call in - very glad that we did. Entrance is free but you can make a donation if you wish. Tranquil ambience with many fine...More

Thank evans2325
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small and compact, this is a lovely gallery to wander around in. A good collection, there are many great pieces here from famous artists, it was wonderful to walk about at my own pace as there were not many other visitors when I went. We...More

Thank duomo2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to see a Van Gogh and were pleasantly surprised to see quite a few other famous names such as Matisse , Rossetti as well as a great early portrait selection of photographs . Entry is free with parking is at the nearby NCP....More

Thank Dave D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was unfortunately slightly disappointed by my visit - though the Barber Institute does have a good number of paintings (as well as other arts/culture aspects I didn't take advantage of on the day) I wasn't a massive fan of a lot of the works...More

Thank Nick D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Part of the University of Birmingham, easy to access, as only a five minute walk from the main Bristol Road, with bus tops nearby, though up a small hill, this is a nice place to while away an hour. There are different displays, at various...More

Thank Gaynor S
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Lady Barber chose gems of paintings and statues to be in her Gallery to comemmorate her husband. It is small and very accessible to visitors. There are maybe one Rubens, one Degas, one Lawrence etc so you really examine those particular paintings. You are not...More

Thank patsykell
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a small art gallery but this, I believe, is a big advantage since one can view all the works on display. The gallery is one floor up. Basically there are four galleries, on the sides of a square. They contain pictures by top...More

Thank Edmund R
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Staff were ok but the security guard really think you going steal something so make us feel like you in trouble when just looking around. it was very short and spend around 1 hour there. The place is kept clean and staff were friendly.

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 31 July 2017

I'm a frequent visitor to this amazing gallery which never fails to impress. I'm familiar with this Monet from reproductions but was completely unprepared for the impact of seeing it for real. The foliage just leaps out of the painting. I went in the morning...More

1  Thank Marian H
Barber_Institute1, Public Relations Manager at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Glad you enjoyed meeting our illustrious visitor, Marian! It's a beautiful painting, and while it has certainly boosted our visitor numbers, you're always able to enjoy it in relative peace and tranquility - as Monet would have! Did you notice the Lovely little early Matisse...More

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