barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

What our visitors say…

“Truly Bright and Memorable – Jan de Beer’s Renaissance Altarpieces”

”What a jewel!” JL, Worcester, 27/11/2019

”Fascinating – Loved seeing a familiar painting in a new light”LS, Halesowen, 23/11/2019

”Very well described and presented” L, Balsall Common, 20/11/2019

”I loved every second here” GT, Romania, 3/11/19

”Excellent talk last week really helped for a full appreciation” CH Staffordshire, 1/11/19

”A grand snapshot of a formidable Antwerp artist!” CL, Solihull, 27/10/19

”Wonderful to see the Longford Triptych in your exhibition” AO, Salisbury, 26/10/19


“A Visual Feast…”

”First visit – a wonderful experience to be repeated” KL, Worcester, 27/11/2019

”Excellent – such a variety of works all in one place” WJ, Lichfield, 24/11/2019

”Deeply satisfying as ever. Helpful staff. Excellent guide” HM, Kendal, 24/11/2019

”Wonderful spiritually uplifting visit” LW, Shirley, 16/11/2019

“Fantastic museum” CW, Paris, 20/10/19

“Great collection, a bit of everything” RP, Devon, 18/10/19

“A visual feast, a wonderful building” EV, London, 14/10/19

“Every day is an education, even at 61” JE, Surrey, 13/10/19

“Fabulous collection resonating with memories in Florence and Milan. Highly recommended” LHR, Liverpool, 09/10/19

“Perfect – a beautifully balanced display and collection” PB, Shrewsbury, 06/10/2019

“So enjoyable and very informative. Thanks to helpful guide Frances” JD, Alvechurch, 06/10/19

“A veritable treasure. A hidden gem!” MB, Chesire, 08/09/19

“Amazing galleries, beautiful collections!” TL, Australia, 04/09/19

“Wonderful talk on Degas, Pissaro and Monet – illuminating” TF, Birmingham, 02/09/19

“Just as I remembered from my university days (93-98) – fabulous” DG, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 02/09/19



The Barber currently ranks among the most popular visitor attractions in Birmingham on TripAdvisor. Here are some of the great things our visitors have been saying about us on there:

“We visited here to look at a few different pieces of amazing art and this really is the home for it. So many touching pieces and a must for the lovers of fine art.” MJHBCFC2, Birmingham, 09/19

“…It’s the perfect size for an Art Gallery if you are just an ordinary ‘art lover’ like me. After 50 paintings, don’t we all glaze over a bit? So the exquisite pieces which are hung here are just enough to leave one feeling happy and satisfied. There are religious pieces mixed in with portraits of ordinary people (my favourite) and landscapes. Only one truly modern piece, a highly stylised rendition of Primrose Hill in London. The custodian/guard/Assistant was just the right amount enthusiastic and informative, but he also knew when to leave you to get on with it…” KerryEileen, Pennsylvania, 30/08/19

“Given how few free museums there are in Birmingham, this is a really good option for an afternoon. It’s quite small but has a lot on show from world famous artists and it’s not overpacked like other museums are. Definitely worth a visit.” Hannahstock, Leicester, 23/08/19

“This is a museum on the University of Birmingham campus. Although small (a visit can take only an hour or two), the collection is interesting and high quality, representing a wide variety of art genres and ages, from ancient coins to modern paintings. Definitely worth a visit. There is a small gift shop at the entrance.” Terryh712, 18/08/19

“Well worth a visit: What a find this museum is full of surprises and a few very rare pieces. The mix of art and artists are a pleasure to behold and don’t miss the sculptures and the plaques on the walls as you ascend the stairs rare indeed. The staff are friendly and informative and I had a great visit will I be returning try and stop me.” – JillK205, Benfleet, 27/05/19

A real gem hidden in the university! We spent a very pleasant few hours in this gallery. It has a wonderful, varied selection of paintings and sculptures. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It has good wheelchair access.”  Tubbytabby, London, 14/04/19


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