barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

What our visitors say…

‘The Paper Museum’   14 June – 1 September

“What an eye-opener! A collection you must be very proud of” – B.B, Birmingham, 06/08/19.

“Amazing collection. I enjoyed a lot.” – S.S, 26/07/19.

“I have really enjoyed the people’s Paper Museum idea, its great” – L, Birmingham, 17/07/19.

“This museum is very nice and very good for educational support. Lovely staff” – A.C, London, 17/07/19.

“What an amazing collection and what a privilege to look at them” – M, Netherlands, 15/07/19.



“An exquisite collection…”

“Really good – extremely good mix of paintings. Thoroughly enjoyed it” – D.N, Birmingham, 07/08/19.

“Loved the painting by Maurice Denis, a new artist for me. Helpful staff.” – C.P, Kent, 04/08/19.

“I always enjoy visiting the peaceful galleries. Wonderful display about Lady Barber” – W, Wolverhampton, 03/08/19.

“Staff very helpful. A delight as always!” – A.N, Birmingham, 27/07/19.

“A lovely collection! Loved the medieval pieces especially” J.A, Canada, 27/07/19.

“Excellent guided tour; fabulous building; friendly” – J.C, Worcester, 27/07/19.

“Love it all! The De Heem is fabulous” – G.G. Notre Dame 26/07/19.

“Thank you Simon for showing me the art pieces. My favourite has to be Van Gogh, The Peasant Lady” – J.G, Birmingham, 26/07/19.

“An exquisite collection of beautiful paintings and sculpture giving a panoramic view of art” – L.M.S, London, 26/07/19.

“Very enjoyable – such a variety of different pieces, and space to explore and appreciate them” – F.L, Derbyshire, 26/07/19.

“Very high quality displays. Amazing collection of excellent art. Good to see so many different artists in a ‘small’ gallery” A.D, Cheshire, 26/07/19.

“The finest collection spanning the centuries, with more ‘greats’ than ever I’ve seen together” – G.R.S, San Diego, 25/07/19.



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:

“Wonderful free art gallery: Visited here for the first time, a lovely quiet art gallery with many pieces of art from many famous artists, Matisse, Gainsborough, Turner, Rossetti, Rubens, Van Gogh and many more. A gem in the centre of Birmingham.”- Cookiescot, 3/08/19

“I was very impressed with collection of art in this impressive building. Easy to get to by bus from city centre. Lovely shop for souvenirs. Wonderful day out.” – Jeevan786, Birmingham, 14/07/19

“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

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



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