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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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Address: Norwich Research Park Earlham Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England
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+44 1603 593199
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
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   The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational...

   The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum where you can see outstanding art for free. The Centre, which opened in 1978 to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, is a world-class building designed by Norman Foster, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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The modern construction of the centre makes interesting space for mix of tribal art, Bacon and Degas. Nice restaurant with view of Henry Moore sculpture framed by trees makes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The modern construction of the centre makes interesting space for mix of tribal art, Bacon and Degas. Nice restaurant with view of Henry Moore sculpture framed by trees makes pleasant time to pass the time.

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Thank Pete E
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wide range of art and artifacts in a beautiful location. The café is a little overpriced but nice enough.

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Thank Kyle D
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had arranged to meet our student daughter here, and enjoyed wandering around this intriguing building with an equally intriguing art collection. If you are travelling by car, it is clearly signposted and equally clear where you need to park. You then go into reception to collect a permit. Thee is no charge either for parking or visiting the gallery.... More 

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Thank SwordMaiden
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building won awards for design, innovation and the standards of finish. The glazing and light are just perfect and though it is very spacious it somehow manages to feel friendly and intimate at the same time.... and the collections are simply world class, especially the esoteric shows they regularly put on with works of art from around the world.... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our principle interests in going was to see the Ceramics especially Hans Coper and Lucy Ree. To our dismay the whole area was closed. We explained our interest and our guide asked if it could be opened again for us and the museum kindly organised this for us. Very unusual. Our guide Georgina L had an excellent knowledge... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been visiting for nearly 30 years and it still astonishes. Just wander around and bounce from item to item: defines eclectic. Touring exhibition this time - Japanese photos - a bit underwhelming, but does say something about another culture. Food very good; views great but seats not too comfortable..

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Thank DavidAlbutt
Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An impressive building in impressive surroundings. Parking easy on site and the exhibitions are well worth a visit. The cafe is clean light and yummy offerings available.

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Thank midice88
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Venue for some great exhibitions, to suit all tastes. The building is a modern with a great use of glass. The toilets are state of the art. Plenty of places to eat and drink.

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Thank Richard G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Our first visit to the Sainsbury centre for Visual Arts, was to say the least wonderful. A well arranged spacious collection of all aspects of the arts , in a spacious well lit very carefully designed gallery. An early example of Norman Fosters architecture on a grand scale. We should be so grateful that Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury, had... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The SCVA was the first big commission for architect Norman Foster and for that reason alone is worth a visit. But there's more; a mix of art and artefacts forms the core of the dramatic exhibition space. It's fascinating to see how ethnography and fine art interact. And for fine art there's some big names to look out for including... More 

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