Our galleries are currently closed, as of Monday 2 October 2023, to enable us to carry out essential building work. They will reopen 22 June 2024.

The remainder of our building – our reception, shop, foyer, toilets, libraries, lecture theatre, teaching spaces, and our administrative and academic offices (Department of History of Art, Curating and Visual Studies; Music) remain open during this time, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

You are most welcome to continue to visit our beautiful Grade-1 listed building and enjoy its public spaces even though the galleries are closed.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Find our full FAQs here

Facilities and access

  • Please travel light. Coats may be left on the hooks in our foyer – but at visitors’ own risk.
  • Toilets and baby-changing facilities are available.
  • Find parking and public transport information on our How to Find Us page.
  • The Barber is a Grade-1 listed building with several steps up to the front entrance. Please help our team to help you by letting us know if you require level access by calling 0121 414 7333 or emailing before your visit. There is an internal lift to access facilities on all floors. Find out more about access and facilities.
  • Our General Emergency Evacuation Plan (GEEP) can be found here. Please ask our team if you wish to see the plan during your visit.
  • Our shop is open with a selection of catalogues, books, greeting cards and postcards, contactless payments only.
  • A further selection of gifts is available online. Head over to our Art UK online store to treat yourself or a friend.
  • Our refreshment point is open with teas, coffees, soft drinks and snacks for sale – please note we only accept card (including contactless) payments.
  • Tables are available in the foyer for visitors who have purchased drinks and snacks.
  • A water-cooler is available for visitors – please bring your own bottle.
  • Contactless donation points ensure donations to the Barber can be made safely and conveniently.

During our closure, you can explore our collection online, where you’ll find a wealth of images, information and recent research, as well as some great online talks.

Version: 2 October 2023


The Barber’s galleries are now closed to the public to enable us to carry out essential building repair work. They will reopen 22 June 2024.

For further information, download our press release.

Please contact reception if you have any questions about your visit:

0121 414 7333