Barber Institute of Fine Arts

“A stunning art collection set in a fantastic art deco building on the University of Birmingham’s bustling campus” - VisitEngland Assessor


Birmingham, West Midlands

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Part of the University of Birmingham, The Barber is one of England’s major attractions for art and music lovers. The permanent collection is very impressive, including works by Manet, Joshua Reynolds, Degas, Jean Arp, Whistler, Turner and Toulouse-Lautrec. The Barber also focuses on music, so there are concerts as well. Parking is on campus and charged. Shop and refreshments area.

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Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham,Edgbaston,BIRMINGHAM,Warwickshire,B15 2TS


About the area

Discover West Midlands

After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead. 

Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins. 

Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.

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