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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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An Art Deco delight.

This place is worth a visit for the building alone - an Art Deco delight with magnificent wooden... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tessa C
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
Excellent Small Art Gallery

Although small this is a great collection of paintings with many well-known artists featured. The... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2018
Mikan999
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Bristol, 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is worth a visit for the building alone - an Art Deco delight with magnificent wooden doors,and flooring and a superb marble staircase with rails of most subtle design. Agree with other reviewers- an excellent, often surprising range of pictures - hung in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 December 2018

Although small this is a great collection of paintings with many well-known artists featured. The works range from 14th century through to modern art. The galleries are well hung with plenty of space to study the works. It is quite small and quiet so a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 25 November 2018

If you find yourself in Birmingham, do not miss this gem of a museum. It is packed full with masterpieces including a magical Botticelli and a most wonderful portrait of Countess Golovina by Vigee-Lebrun. Allow two hours to wander through this lovely building. To get...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 24 November 2018

I revisited the Barber after about 40 years or so - I used to go to school opposite. It's a superb gallery and collection - whilst the works may not be, on the whole, world famous, it nevertheless traces a discerning history through European art....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 21 November 2018

Made a special visit to see the interesting Vuillard Exhibition at this excellent SMG (Small/Medium-sized Gallery!). We were impressed with the range and quality of the well presented art works from all eras and also enjoyed the smaller display of WW1 prints. Gallery staff went...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 November 2018

A real gem this turned out to be. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts has a wonderful collection of paintings and artefacts. The institute takes you on a journey through its galleries in chronological order. On the day of our visit there was a children's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Barber_Institute1, Communications and Marketing Manager at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

Thank you for your incisive and positive review - we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. I just wanted to flag up to readers that we don't actually have a regular café - but we do have a refreshment area where you can buy hot and...More

Reviewed 4 November 2018

The national media often wax-lyrical about the small but wonderful picture gallery in Dulwich (in the suburbs of South London) and which regularly pops-up on BBC documentaries and the like, but the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (also in - very easy to reach by...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Barber_Institute1, Communications & Marketing Manager at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

Thank you for your great review! People often do compare us to Dulwich Picture Gallery, and we are a comparable size, although there are differences in the scope of our collections. I'm delighted to say we have had some great press coverage of our current...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018

Brilliant selection of world class art and sculpture in a gorgeous building. We caught a free lunchtime cello recital which again was world class - coupled our visit with a trip to the neighbouring Lapworth Geology Museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Barber_Institute1, Communications & Mareting Manager at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

Like a mini national gallery but without the crowds. Covers everything from early Italian art ( Botticelli)through Reynolds/Van Dyck/Rubens/Hals/lots of Degas/Gaugin/Manet. Blissfully quiet. Good small current Vuillard exhibition. Tiny cafe- just a machine and a couple of stools ( but Costa nearby in University). Small...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

Sir Henry Barber & his wife Lady Barber gave the Barber Institute to the University of Birmingham - one of the most generous gifts that still bring great pleasure to many people at every visit, AND IT IS FREE I first "fell in love" with...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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