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Middlesbrough Institute Of Modern Art

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima is a beautiful gallery in the heart of Middlesbrough showcasing an international programme of fine art and applied art. Admission free.


  • Welcome
    • Good for walkers
    • Good for school visits
    • Good for families
  • Parking & transport
    • On site parking
    • Accessible by public transport
  • Location
    • Town centre
  • Groups
    • Group bookings accepted
  • General
    • Toilets available
    • Shop
    • Restaurant/Tearoom/Cafe
    • Free wifi
    • Educational site
  • Access
    • Wheelchair friendly
    • Pushchair friendly
    • Lift
    • Accessible toilet


Take the A19, turn off onto the A66 and follow the signs for the town centre. Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and York are under an hour away - Leeds is a little further. There are plenty of car-parks within five minutes walk of mima.

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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Architects is situated in the heart of Middlesbrough. mima opened to international critical acclaim in January 2007.

Hosting temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present, mima showcases work by internationally acclaimed artists. The programme includes painting, drawing, ceramics, jewellery, sound, film, mixed media, photography and sculpture.

The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time, from Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Cleveland Craft Centre. Selected works from the collection are showcased in an annual collection show.

Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.

The Office of Useful Art
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima's first floor project space has become The Office of the Asociacion de Arte Útil – presenting case studies from the Archive of Arte Útil and reintroducing the old idea that art is not for its own sake, but a tool for social change.

The office is not an art exhibition but a working office for the association open to the public and at the core of mima’s new philosophy.

Artworks from the collection are displayed alongside this archive, which you could consider being examples of useful art – you are invited to participate in the working office, with opportunities to make, create and share your ideas of what useful art means to you.

Opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am-4.30pm
Wednesday 10am-4.30pm
Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 10am-4.30pm
Saturday 10am-4.30pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm


Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima is fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available on request. Disabled parking is available at the gallery. Blue badges and motorcycles are FREE. For further information please contact mima reception on 01642 931232 (Reception available during gallery opening times).

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