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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 first class gallery of a manageble size

Don't be put off by the suburban location. It is a short train ride out to the University from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeff1903
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King's Lynn
A great gallery for viewing a manageable amount of art in a stylish building.

I love this gallery. It's free (with donations welcomed) and it has a good selection of art without... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
R S
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Windsor and Maidenhead, 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%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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University of Birmingham | Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be put off by the suburban location. It is a short train ride out to the University from the city. The gallery is a fine building stuffed with interesting art. and it's free entry. They seem to have an example from almost everyone you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this gallery. It's free (with donations welcomed) and it has a good selection of art without being so huge that you forget what you've seen.

Thank R S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We endured torrential rain on the motorway to get to the university campus, where we searched for car parking. Not having any success, we asked the gate man, who directed us to a car park and told us to get a 'permit' from the desk...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Next to the University of Birmingham campus a good mix of different art periods and themes. Suggested donation of £5 but free. Best accessed by foot or bus (Bristol Road) as no on site parking.

Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You don't tend to associate universities with art galleries, which is why the Barber is so unique. The quality of the curation is superb and the collection includes a number of works by French Impressionists that you'll be stunned to find live in Birmingham!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem of a gallery with an interesting range of art from the 14th century until the modern period. Very attractive art deco architecture. Well worth a visit, especially as it is free entry.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Came here on a rainy day. Parked on a nearby street and walked through the university grounds to get here (Easier than finding parking nearby). Nice collection of art, spent a good hour or so here. Free entry. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Small but interesting collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, including some important names like Picasso, Renoir or Monet. Free entry, so worth a visit of you are around.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

This a really great place to visit with family and friends. I had a splendid time here. Parking facilities available too.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

There were no spaces available at all in the few car parks that were available to visitors which I believe was because they were full of University staff who can park all day for £1 - visitors pay £2.50 an hour. We drove around for...More

Thank Rowena F
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Barber_Institute1, Communications and Marketiong Manager at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Dear Rowena, Thank you for bringing this to attention, and also for your direct e-mail, which came to my attention yesterday afternoon. I am very sorry you were unable to find a place to park on the day of your visit particularly seeing as you...More

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