The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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



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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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
CRW Nevinson, A Star Shell, c. 1916

Rebel Visions: The War Art of CRW Nevinson

  • 24 October 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Famous for his dramatic, often haunting images of the battlefield and its soldiers, Richard Nevinson's arresting paintings, drawings and posters also acknowledged the sometimes unpalatable effects war had on British society. Always a rebel, he produced work that ranged in variety from official war propaganda to anti-war condemnation - some of which was censored. With major paintings, key drawings and major prints lent by private and public collections, including Tate, the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum, the exhibition is also accompanied by a full programme of exciting events.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13


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.
CRW Nevinson, Returning from the Trenches, c.1916

THE ARTIST AS REPORTER: British War Artists and the First World War

  • 3 December 2014 1:10-2pm

Jo Walton uncovers the lives and work of the group of young, avant-garde British artists such as Nevinson, Nash, Wyndham Lewis and Spencer, who recorded their own experiences of the First World War in many different ways. The lecture will discuss their varied involvement in the war and consider what happened to them when peace was declared.

Suitable for

  • Any age