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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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   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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A must visit

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I usually take visitors to Norwich here. there is something for every one in the beautiful collections

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Excellent fresh food, prepared to order and served with a smile. Lovely setting overlooking trees, through enormous glass wall. And the sun was shining! Following a visit to the Japanese Photography Exhibition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lovely venue, with frequently changing, interesting exhibitions. Not much parking so would say to try and time when you go but if no spaces you can park nearby UEA's main car park for a small fee. Staff are helpful and well informed.

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

Awesome building and very well arranged collection, very informative, I visited a few days after the queen.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Especially strong on ethnographical, anthropological and Tribal art. Mixed among it and in my view complimentary, is a range of 20th century European art. The basis of the collection is that of David & Lisa Sainsbury - Permanently displayed in the Living Area Gallery, the collection includes major holdings of art from Oceania, Africa, the Americas, Asia, the ancient Mediterranean... More 

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Hunstanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

well blimey, this is something special i love art in all its forms, from visual to touch to sound and this establishment has it all

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We went with a granddaughter as she need so photos for her art gcse we hadan joyable few hours wish we had been before.

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