We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Our permanent collection, exhibitions and displays can normally be enjoyed from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm – but do check the website before your visit in case of any last-minute changes.

The safety of staff and visitors is very important to us. In line with museum sector best practice, we are continuing to limit numbers in the galleries to ensure that our visitors can maintain their preferred distance from each other. From 10 December 2021, face coverings must be worn in the museum by all visitors unless exempt. To guarantee a visit at the time of your choice, please book your free ticket online in advance.

Please be aware that the Barber is part of the University of Birmingham and is used for teaching and extracurricular activity, and therefore you may be sharing our galleries and public spaces with University students and staff during your visit. If you have any questions regarding this in advance of your visit please contact

Whether you’re exploring new places on your doorstep or are a familiar face, we’re delighted to welcome you to our beautiful collection. Please book your visit here.

 Before you visit

  • Find our full FAQs here
  • Please book your free tickets in advance to guarantee entry.
  • Pre-booked tickets will ensure you can visit at the time of your choice; walk-up tickets may be available on the day but only if capacity allows.
  • Please be prepared to show your e-ticket or a print-out of your ticket on arrival.
  • There is no specific time limit for your visit but to respect the needs of other visitors we may ask you to complete your visit after 90 minutes.

Safety and hygiene

  • If you or anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms or feels unwell, please stay at home and follow NHS guidance
  • We have a recommended route around the galleries which helps everyone maintain their preferred distance from other visitors.
  • Our staff will be wearing face coverings, unless exempt
  • From 10 December all visitors, unless exempt, are required to wear face coverings in all areas of the museum. If you forget your face covering, we have a small supply to offer you.
  • You’ll find hand-sanitiser stations around the building.
  • Our staff have received comprehensive training to ensure your visit is enjoyable and safe.
  • The building is well ventilated and has an enhanced cleaning regime in place.

Facilities and access

  • Our gallery cloakroom is closed, so please only bring a small bag and leave larger items at home. 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 here.
  • The Barber is a Grade 1 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 the galleries.
  • Our General Emergency Evacuation Plan (GEEP) can be found here. Please ask our Visitor Services Team if you wish to see the plan during your visit.
  • Our shop is now open with a selection of catalogues, books, greeting cards and postcards.
  • A further selection of gifts is also available online. Head over to our Art UK online storeto treat yourself or a friend.
  •  Our refreshment area remains closed for the time being.
  • A water cooler is available for public use – please bring your own bottle.
  • No food or drink can be taken into the galleries, and our tables have been removed from the foyer to support good hygiene and avoid crowding.
  • We have installed contactless donation points in the building to ensure donations to the Barber can be made safely and conveniently.
  • Covid-safe large print labels are available; please just ask a member of the team.

 Is now not the time?

Explore our first-ever digital exhibition, Sights of Wonder, our 10-minute podcasts all about the collection, and delve into our Barber Home content – we’re all set for digital and physical visitors alike!

Version: 10 January


The 5k Campus Run is taking place around campus this Sunday, 23 January, commencing at 9.30am. As a result, there will be a number of road closures in the area that may affect your journey to the Barber. If you are travelling by car, the following roads will be closed between 8.30 and 11am:

  • Edgbaston Park Road
  • Pritchatts Road
  • Somerset Road

​The car park at University Sport & Fitness will be open as normal, and accessible via the Bristol Road end of Edgbaston Park Road only. North-east car park off Pritchatts Road should be accessible by 10.30am. ​To find out more about which areas will be restricted on the day, you can view the Campus Run course map here.

The University of Birmingham is holding open days on the below dates.

The Barber is open as usual on these days, but please be aware campus may be busier than usual.

  • Saturday 5 February
  • Wednesday 23 February
  • Saturday 5 March
  • Saturday 2 April


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

0121 414 7333