Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Praised by The Observer as 'one of the finest small art galleries in Europe', the vivid red walls of the enchanting Barber Institute of Fine Arts are adorned with some of the most celebrated art from the 13th to 20th centuries. Browsing the robust artworks, visitors are treated to the timeless talents of the old masters and modern pioneers such as Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Degas. Offering a fascinating collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, history enthusiasts can also venture into a bygone age at the coin gallery, which hosts one of Europe's finest collections of Byzantine coins. The Barber Institute's Gallery Shop is a worthy stopover for some souvenirs and gallery-related literature.
Address: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
Telephone: (0)121 414 7333
Transport: Bus 61, 62 and 63 leave the city centre for Corporation or Navigation Street, from where commuters can walk to the gallery. Trains leave New Street Station for University Station regularly, and take approximately 10 minutes
Opening times: Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Closed on major holidays