The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Monet, Manet, and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and van Dyck — as well as Gainsborough, Gauguin, van Gogh and Picasso…

You can see major paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints by these great artists and many others at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the art collection, gallery and original concert hall for the University of Birmingham.

The Barber is a mini National Gallery in the Heart of England, housed in Birmingham’s finest Art Deco building. Conceived by Lady Hattie Barber ‘for the study and encouragement of Art and Music’, the museum also contains a stunning coin gallery, with one of the world’s finest collections of Roman, Byzantine and medieval coins, and some fascinating decorative art objects.

The collections are enhanced by an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, featuring iconic works of art from many of the world’s most important galleries and museums, and rarely seen masterpieces from private collections.

The gallery programme also includes fascinating lectures and gallery talks, enjoyable practical workshops for all ages and fun family activities and events featuring storytelling and hands-on art and craft. The concert hall hosts performances by leading professional musicians: instrumentalists and singers, soloists, ensembles and chamber orchestras – many with international reputations.

Admission to the galleries and all exhibitions is free.

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Address: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TS

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0121 414 7333

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