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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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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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Great small museum

This is a small museum, but has outstanding paintings and sculptures, as well as exhibits. Artists such as Degas, Van Gough, Turner and many more are here, and as the paintings... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum, but has outstanding paintings and sculptures, as well as exhibits. Artists such as Degas, Van Gough, Turner and many more are here, and as the paintings are occasionally rotated you can come back in a few months and see something different. It can be walked through at a fairly fast pace in 20 minutes, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Full disclosure, I work for the University of Birmingham, of which the Barber Institute is part. That said, I have to say it is an incredible collection, It has works by Monet, Manet and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and Van Dyck - as well as Botticelli, Poussin, Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Van Gogh, They are all housed... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised at the range of work on show in the gallery - some really famous artist's work here considering it's free to go in and part of the university!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a real treasure, excellent paintings of the biggest masters from the medieval to modern time. The exhibition is small, only 7-8 rooms but I have ever experienced such quality in a small area once in my life in NYC at Frick Collection. They have Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Derain, Picasso from the popular times and Millet, Courbet, F... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Barber is located within the campus of the University of Birmingham and is around a ten minute walk from University station. The current exhibition entitled 'Bellows and the Body' relates to work by Bellows and his fellow Ashcan school artists such as Robert Henri and John Sloan. There are a couple of particularly impressive nude paintings by Bellows on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 17 January 2017

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 16 January 2017

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 4 January 2017

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 29 December 2016

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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