One of Birmingham’s finest Art deco buildings, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was opened by Queen Mary in 1939. Designed by one of the country’s leading architects of the time, Robert Atkinson, it takes its name from Birmingham solicitor and property developer, William Henry Barber, who, prior to his death in 1924 - by which time he had received a Baronetcy - had revealed to his wife his dream of making a permanent contribution to the city. Lady Barber ensured that his dream came to fruition, founding the Barber Institute in 1932, four months before her own death. The building is laid out around the central music auditorium, and includes lecture halls and libraries for the Departments of Music and History of Art, as well as various galleries, which are approached by a magnificent marble staircase directly opposite the entrance. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Admission is free but booking is advisable to guarantee admission at desired time. The Barber is still limiting numbers in the gallery to ensure visitor's remain safe at all times.

The Barber Institute,



B15 2TS

Telephone: 0121 414 7333