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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Neighbourhood: Edgbaston
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Address: University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
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+44 121 414 7333
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Full of Treasures

The gallery surprised me with how many breathtaking pieces made by such masters as Manet, Rubens, Boticelli, Van Gogh or Derain they actually own. All those names you have been... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The gallery surprised me with how many breathtaking pieces made by such masters as Manet, Rubens, Boticelli, Van Gogh or Derain they actually own. All those names you have been told about in school. Apart from unique collections of not only paintings but sculptures and coins as well, there are also the rooms worth looking around. I can mention historically... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went to a concert there, which is the first visit for manu years. I'd forgotten just what an impressive place the University is in terms of size, architecture and the famous people educated there. Makes you proud to be a Brummie! The institute concert hall is equally impressive, very comfortable seats, first rate acoustics and all around, a high quality... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was very lucky to attend UoB so this was literally on my doorstep, so I luckily got to go several times - lovely variety of work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located outside the city centre but within the campus of Birmingham University. Full of art and painting, well worth the visit if you have the time. A lovely cafe where you can relax over a cup of coffee. Free entry and free parking

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was the second time I visited the Barber institute today. Was even better than the first! This place is not too big so it does not take too long to visit, but the quality of the content is impressive, so many famous artists! What I also enjoyed a lot is the nice mix of various type of art: it's... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had not been to the Barber Institute for many years and had forgotten just how wonderful it is. The building itself is marvelous - a truly superb Art Deco building opened in 1939. Within this fine setting is an excellent art collection. One can enjoy masterpieces by many of the great names in art including Rubens, Manet, Monet, Matisse,... More 

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was hoping to look at the old library before it was demolished, but was too late. No entry to public. So had a pleasant walk around the campus. I had no idea how lovely it was with all the 1930's/Art Deco buildings. The institute was free entry and a lovely bonus. Well worth a few hours visit to take it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Not a lot of art, but in a stunning building. Staff very helpful. Worth a brief visit - a wide variation of art on display, for most tastes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

A nice, small but interesting museum, my boyfriend and I stopped off to have a look around on a relaxed Sunday walk and really enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I had been aware of the gallery for some time but had never managed to get there. Now I know what I was missing. Not the biggest art gallery but in terms of the collection it is absolutely superb and as with a few places it is one which keeps you for so much longer than you would expect. I... More 

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