Opened in 1939 for the study and enjoyment of art and music, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts possesses one of the finest art collections in the country. The Barber's stylist Art Deco building was designed by Robert Atkinson, one of the most prominent British architects of the 1920s and 30s. Atkinson also designed a number of cinemas and this is evident in the Barber's stunning auditorium.
The reception desk at the main entrance is manned at all times and staff will assist visitors who need help with the steps or entrance doors. The rear entrance is not manned and visitors with a wheelchair are asked to contact the reception desk via the intercom at the gates to the service yard. Staff will then meet visitors at the rear entrance and escort them via the basement to the main reception area and/or the galleries.