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“good work but better gallery experiences available”

Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Ranked #10 of 284 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“good work but better gallery experiences available”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

the gallery is affiliated with Birmingham university and has some good pieces inside but as far as the gallery experience goes i found it to be slightly dull. Maybe this is due to my interest in more contemporary arts to which they do not offer the best variety.

Visited May 2014
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Midlands, England
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“Excellent small gallery”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Lots of interesting stuff from Degas paintings and sculpture to a Benin bronze. Pleasant and quiet with places to sit and contemplate the exhibits. Good little shop, drinks machines and tables to sit at.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very good art gallery”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

This gallery is part of the University of Birmingham. It is not big but the quality of the paintings and sculptures on display more than makes up for this. One can see the items without having to negotiate crowds of other visitors as well. Strongly recommended.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Art in Brum”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Everyone should visit the Barber Institute, the standard collections are quite exceptional and there are several extremely old pieces of art on permanent display. What knees the Barber popular to us is that they have regular exhibitions on loan, together with a changing programme of courses, concerts and other events. There is a small shop which stocks a good and varied selection of art guides and information books as well as children's art guides and books. On Sundays there is free parking in the university car park. The only downside is the lack of refreshment facilities - a hot drink vending machine just doesn't work for us or other visitors we have spoken to but the museum is most definitely worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Geneva New York
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“Great Museum of Fine Art and Free”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

It was a great place to spend a couple of housrs looking through the art gallery at the various treasures and fine art displayed. We enjoyed the visit very much and, it was free!

Visited May 2014
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