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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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Visit to the Paul Nash exhibition

Can thoroughly recommend this. Large and varied. The Sainsbury Centre always something of interest on view and is a lovely, calm space in fhe grounds of our excellent... read more

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Can thoroughly recommend this. Large and varied. The Sainsbury Centre always something of interest on view and is a lovely, calm space in fhe grounds of our excellent university.

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Dundalk, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to get to easy parking set in the UEA campus which has great walks available around the lakes and woods a unique collection of art

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is full of very eclectic pieces. Very disjointed and poorly organised. Needs more structure. Most of it not my taste. Disappointed. The building is like a warehouse, with an oppressive atmosphere.

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Thank RichSid
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our plan was to take the bus to the Sainsbury centre but we stopped off first at the park and had lunch. We then walked to the University. The Art centre is easy to find.The permanent collection was on view and found to be varied. There are works by artists known to most people and other items from around the... More 

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Thank nadders1
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Certainly one to hunt out as it's off the beaten track. Mesmeric structure housing unique artwork. A great setting and a nice cafe.

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

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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Reviewed 13 March 2017

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

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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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Reviewed 4 March 2017

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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