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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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A small museum in a lovely house.

We enjoyed our short visit to the Barber. They have a few interesting rooms full of paintings and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
Room full of old masters with great tales to boot!

I didn't expect to see such a great permanent collection. Currently there is a Monet on loan from... read more

Reviewed 2 days 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 yesterday

We enjoyed our short visit to the Barber. They have a few interesting rooms full of paintings and sculpture, arranged in chronological order, and the modern art in the final room was most interesting.

Thank Martakov
Reviewed 2 days ago

I didn't expect to see such a great permanent collection. Currently there is a Monet on loan from Chicago. The institute also offers free lectures which I have attended and found it was great to be able to listen to an expert on Monet and...More

Thank Dragonram
Reviewed 1 week ago

A small art gallery with gorgeous works of art. Just enough for a limited time visit and not too big so that uninterested youngsters are held up for too long.

Thank Lynn P
Reviewed 1 week ago

BIFA can be found on the University of Birmingham campus. Well worth a bimble around on a rainy day. You can view paintings by Magritte, Degas, Renoir, Gainsborough, Turner and my personal favourite, 'A Portrait of Countess Golovine' by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun.

Thank TT_Swindlehurst
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gallery was just the right size to explore, and very well curated, for I was intrigued by every painting I came across. There was also a room dedicated to Victorian portraits with and interactive photo set which was fun.

Thank Mathilde H
Reviewed 1 week ago

You'd never expect such a small place (in comparison with other fine art galleries) to have such an impressive fine art collection, but the Barber Institute really does impress! A must see if you appreciate fine art and you're visiting Birmingham

Thank Kia H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small but beautiful. A calm atmosphere. Wonderful range of works. Highly recommended. No cafe but a self service area for drinks/snacks. Small shop. Guides are available if booked in advance

Thank sue f
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not known to many as it nestles in University campus has some interesting work but could use more publicity

Thank witsend18
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 28 May 2017

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
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