The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Monet, Manet, and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and van Dyck — not to mention Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, van Gogh and Picasso…

You can see major works by all these great artists in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, at the University of Birmingham. There’s also a stunning coin gallery and an exciting programme of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, workshops and family activities.

The entire collection of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a Designated Collection of national importance.

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Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 5.00 pm

Closed: 1 January, 2 April (Good Friday), 24-26 December.

Admission charges

Admission to the permanent collection and all exhibitions is free.

Additional info

Our prints and drawings collection is available for viewing by appointment.

The entire collection of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Barber Institute houses one of the finest small collections of European art in the whole of the United Kingdom, featuring works ranging from the 13th to the 20th centuries. The holdings are a gathering of some of the most influential artists of the previous millennium, with particular strengths lying in the Old Master and Impressionist collections.

The collection is made up of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, and among the artists represented are Bellini, Botticelli, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough, Turner, Delacroix, Ingres, Rossetti, Whistler, Manet, Degas, Monet, van Gogh, Rodin, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, and Schiele. The Barber Institute also houses a rare collection of coins, seals and weights, chiefly from Rome, Byzantium and the Middle East.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Birmingham Galleries Night: Art Bus!

  • 28 October 2016 5-9pm *on now

As part of Museums at Night 2016, travel on the free Art Bus and visit Ikon Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, RBSA Gallery, mac Birmingham, Eastside Projects and Minerva Works (Grand Union, Centrala, Vivid Projects). Each venue stays open late with free gallery tours.

*Please consider making a donation for this free event. Ikon is a registered charity and your support helps us with everything we do.

Café Opus will also be open late for refreshments and food.

Suitable for

  • Any age


FREE, but suggested donation £2


The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
B15 2TS



General information


0121 414 7333


0121 414 3370

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