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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts portrait of Lady Barber

An outstanding collection of Old Master and modern paintings, drawings and sculpture including major works by Bellini, Rubens, Poussin, Gainsborough, Renoir, Monet and Magritte.

pictured: Lady Barber, founder of the Institute

Detailed Information


University of Birmingham,
B15 2TS.

Tel: 0121 414 7333.

Contact Person(s): Nemone Ryan

Institute Website

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  • Free

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 10.0am-5.0pm; Saturday and Sunday: 11.0pm-5.0pm.
  • CLOSED 1 January, Good Friday and 24-26 December.


  • Shop.
  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities.
  • Light refreshments.


  • Public lectures and concerts.
  • Temporary exhibitions programme.
  • Education Programme

Disabled Visitors

  • There is a lift to the galleries; wheelchair access is available at the rear of the building.
  • 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 4.30pm or at the weekend.


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

Average Length of Visit

1-2 hours.