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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
Phone Number: +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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped by here this week while in area. Fantastic paintings, however, the atmosphere was distinctly odd, they must put something in the air to enhance the paintings or to to protect them, very cloying, like wood shavings in your throat.

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Thank Kevin I
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We parked at a nearby car park and were initially confused as to where the building was located (it's not immediately obvious). But once into the main gallery, it looks very professional and has a surprisingly good collection of paintings, including by some big names. My partner was particularly interested in catching the Shakespeare exhibit (now finished) which was brief... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get to see the University of Birmingham when you visit this small but good collection. You can hop off at University Station. It does not take a long time to view the collection but if you have time you can stroll down the road to view Winterborn House and gardens. 

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Thank KillineyBay
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is somewhere that people don't think to go to. They have an exceptional small art collection that is worth a visit. If you become a member for a relatively small yearly fee, you will be invited to all sorts of events across the year. If you are interested in Art, you might want to join.

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Thank Jacqueline C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

its been a good few years since i last swent while working at birmingham univerity but very nice a good colection of painting clean comfotable seroundings but anold building with lots of charictor

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Thank David John H
Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Apart from having to whèel myself in through the tradesman's entrance in the basement, an enjoyable visit. A very interesting collection. I particularly enjoyed the impessionista. My teanage son was a bit bored, but enjoyed myself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Walked in through the door, and was confronted by at least 3 outstanding art works... and then there was the Art Deco theatre! And then there was the Botticelli... and then there was ... Small, perfectly-formed, and demanding attention and concentration. An absolute must-see, but directions crap - ie you need to turn left out of the station, and then... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I came here yesterday with a group of friends. It is a place I often visit. Although only small the exhibits range from Chinese wine cups from the 8th century BC to works from the present day.

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