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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts portrait of Lady Barber

Monet, Manet and Magritte, Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and Van Dyck, as well as Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin and Van Gogh…

Major paintings, drawings and sculpture by all these and many other Old Master, great Impressionist and modern artists feature in this outstanding art collection – housed in the Grade-1 listed Barber Institute, Birmingham’s finest Art Deco building.

pictured: Lady Barber, founder of the Institute

Detailed Information


University of Birmingham,
B15 2TS.

Tel: 0121 414 7333.

Contact Person(s): Andrew Davies

Institute Website

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  • Free

Opening Hours

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    • Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00am-5.00pm; (closed Monday)

    • CLOSED: See website.


  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities.


    • Permanent art collection
    • Temporary exhibitions
    • Gallery talks
    • Learning programme

Disabled Visitors

  • The principal entrance to the building is via steps; level access available at rear entrance. There is a lift to the first-floor galleries. Please phone to make arrangements in advance of visit.

How to get there:

  • Train: Cross City line trains from New Street to University Station.
  • Bus: nos. 61, 62, 63 from city centre. .
  • Car/coach: Take the A38 (Bristol Road) out of Birmingham City Centre for 3 miles, at end of dual carriageway turn right into Edgbaston Park Road; University campus barrier 400m on left.


  • Cars:

    Pay & Display car park off Pritchatts Road; no charge after 6.00pm and at the weekend.

  • Coaches: free coach parking on campus, directions from barrier attendant.

Average Length of Visit

1-2 hours.