barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Group Visits

We offer guided tours and introductory talks to visiting groups. Led by our experienced guides or curatorial staff, tours can accomodate upto 25 people, with a maximum of two groups at a time.

Groups are advised to book at least 4 weeks in advance of their visit. There is a charge of £4 per head, and payment can be made on the day, by cheque made payable to University of Birmingham.

All tours last approximately 1 hour.

We can provide tea, coffee and biscuits at a cost of £2.20 per head for all group bookings.  The University campus has a variety of places to eat, which offer everything from light lunches to three-course meals. Please contact our Learning and Access Assistant on 0121 414 2261 or email for further details.

Why not make a day of it and visit nearby Winterbourne House and Garden – a delightful Edwardian family home and remarkable Arts & Crafts-style botanic garden, with pleasant tea-room and terrace?

Self Guided Tours

If your group numbers twelve or more, please help us prepare for your visit and avoid overcrowding by booking at least 3 working days before you arrive.

Sunday Guided Tours

Sunday gallery tours usually take place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month (excluding August, closed days and 24 July). Find out more about our collections and exhibitions, the building and the Barbers themselves, from our friendly tour guides. You’ll be treated to a wealth of insider knowledge and interesting anecdotes and have the chance to ask questions. All tours last an hour and are FREE — meet in the foyer under Lady Barber’s portrait.

Audio-Descriptive gallery tours

Audio descriptive gallery tours for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors. Special tours of our magnificent collections can be arranged for groups of 8 or more with our fully-trained guides. Guided tours cost £4 per person. For more information contact 0121 414 2261 or email

Hand-held magnifiers, as recommended by the RNIB, for blind and partially-sighted visitors, are now available from reception. Ask our gallery staff for more details.

Look out for our free ‘Disability and the Artist’ gallery trail available from October.

Tours for University Students

30-minute guided tours for University students are free of charge.



Sunday Gallery Tours

Second and Fourth Sundays of the month, 2.30pm

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Domenico Fetti (about 1588/9-1623)

The Blind Leading the Blind



11.30am and 1.15pm

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