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Housing one of the world's finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art, with works by Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and Holman Hunt, Birmingham's principal museum and gallery is located in a stunning Victorian building. The museum displays works by British and European artists, along with collections of ceramics, sculpture, silver and stained glass. You can also find archaeological, ethnographic and local history exhibits, including Egyptian mummies.
Birmingham's Ikon Gallery is one of Europe's premier venues for new art. Along with art exhibitions, the gallery also organizes public talks, gallery tours and special events. Conveniently situated just off Broad Street, in the fabulously trendy Brindleyplace complex, the gallery has two floors (440 square meters) of exhibition space. There is also a special education and events room, a resource area for visitors, a cafe and an art bookshop.
A little way out from the city center but easy to get to, the Barber Institute is adjacent to the University of Birmingham. This is one of the world's finest small art galleries with an outstanding collection of old and modern paintings, drawings and sculpture. This gallery is not normally as busy as some larger galleries, so your tour will be un-crowded and pleasant. Artists' works include Bellini, Canaletto, Monet, Renoir, Rossetti and Van Gogh. The Institute is also a regular venue for concerts, lectures and other events.