barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

What our visitors say…

‘The Paper Museum’   14 June – 1 September

“I love this place, your exhibitions are really fun and informative” – M.K, Birmingham, 25/06/19

“A privilege to view” – A.H, Birmingham, 21/06/19

“Fascinating, this is important in the history of science” – W.P, Wolverhampton, 15/06/19

“A fascinating insight into the documentation of antiquities and natural world” – A.S, London, 15/06/19



“Really impressive collection…”

Many stunning surprises. Why haven’t I discovered the Barber Institute before?” – S.H, Wales, 24/06/19

 “Really impressive collection” – R.L, Belgium, 15/06/19

 “Fantastic, very comprehensive and informative” – T.C, Sheffield, 13/06/19

 “Very pleasurable experience, fabulous range of paintings and decorative arts – enhanced by very helpful and knowledgeable security and gallery staff” – S.D, London, 10/06/19

 “An exquisite treasure trove! Staff very helpful” C.A, Buckinghamshire, 01/06/19

 “A lovely airy location, absolute treasures beautifully displayed” – C.C, Ansley, 18/05/19

 “Interesting! An excellent surprise. We were not aware of how good this gallery is” – R.C, Birmingham, 25/02/19

 “Fabulous collection, very underrated!” – M.T.S, Cambridgeshire, 23/02/19

 “Amazing collection, very helpful and knowledgeable staff”- L.D, Wiltshire, 17/02/19

 “Mind blowing experience and very pleasant staff!” -Sarah, Sutton, 03/02/19

 “Brilliant pieces of art, vibrant, eye-catching and overall wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit” – R.V, 03/02/19



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:

‘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

‘Little gem of a museum hidden in plain sight. Wonderful collection with some excellent paintings of famous artists. Not known works but great breadth of choice in paintings as well as sculptures in four spacious galleries’. Alfrink, Antwerp, 10/04/19

‘This place is a little slice of heaven, well worth the extra travel out of the city. A world class collection featuring Rembrandt, Manet, Van Gogh and Rossetti – just to name a few! I love it here, it’s cool and quiet and peaceful, but the culture of the place has a lot to say.’ – TimeToTravelGirlUK, Birmingham, 02/08/18

‘Wonderful to visit, a gem of an art gallery, peaceful and quiet where you can look to your heart’s content.’ – Bovrat, Birmingham, 06/07/18

‘Beautifully displayed in a fabulous building it is well worth a visit.’ – Telgip, Guildford, 01/07/18

‘Wow, brilliant Art Deco building. Wonderful collection of paintings in a totally quiet setting … Free admission. Totally amazing’ – peeler2016, Tamworth, 09/06/2018

‘It is hard to imagine why this gallery is not better known. It is an easy bus ride and walk to the Uni campus where this attractive Deco building is located. (And a very quick walk to Winterbourne House afterwards!). They have a small but well-curated collection spanning several centuries. I was particularly interested in the Victorian period and this collection did not disappoint. The building is also used for music and I was able to eavesdrop on a rehearsal in the Deco-styled theater. If you are interested in seeing a wonderful gallery, which you can see in a very reasonable amount of time, this is for you.’ – Squidhead, Costa Mesa California, 29/05/2018

‘On Birmingham University Campus. Free. Around 100 or so very well presented and varied pictures, chronologically displayed. Everything from Renoir and Matisse to Hans Arp and Howard Hodgkin. Very quiet, and staff super friendly. If you want a great day out do this then stroll…’ – Stewhils, Orpington, 24/05/2018

‘We visited with a group from The Arts Society Corinium and had a pre-arranged tour by a member of staff – who was excellent – giving us an insight into the way artists have developed their skills over the centuries. The pictures and sculptures on display were stunning and so well curated.’ – John T, Cirencester, 23/05/2018

‘You don’t tend to associate universities with art galleries, which is why the Barber is so unique. The quality of the curation is superb and the collection includes a number of works by French Impressionists that you’ll be stunned to find live in Birmingham!’
– User 339334, Dudley, 27/04/2018

‘The museum houses a nice collection. The design of the museum is also welcoming and calming. Definitely a place to get away and enjoy the afternoon.’- Klangton701, Fort Worth, Texas, 22/02/2018

‘This is perhaps the single greatest cultural gem in Birmingham – 100 of the world’s best paintings (basically one each by all of the world’s most famous painters), all in one friendly gallery. And free! You can walk around in a hour or two – but could easily spend several weeks there – up to you! Nice shop, too.’ – TonyBov, Birmingham, 17/01/2018

Pierre Woeiriot (1532 – 1599)

The Wife of Hasdrubal

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Jacopo Raibolini, called Francia (before 1486 – 1557)

The Holy Family


Robert Nanteuil (c. 1623 – 1678)

John Evelyn

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Théodore Chassériau (1819 – 1856)

Apollo and Daphne

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