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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Norwich Research Park Earlham Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England
+44 1603 593199
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Lovely location, diverse collection, ideal way to visit the University

The number one attraction here is the free parking. Choose the right place (visit their website... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John M
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Modesto, California
Not keen

I suppose this is the sort of place you can only make your mind up about if you actually visit it... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
travellerkMidlands
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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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Norwich Research Park Earlham Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The number one attraction here is the free parking. Choose the right place (visit their website for instructions), go into the museum, and get your parking pass. You will do a fair amount of walking but the scenery, with the building, outdoor sculpture, and campus...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

I suppose this is the sort of place you can only make your mind up about if you actually visit it. We happened to be visiting the university so went in. It is spacious and easy to walk round with no particular themes. A number...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

We had guests for the weekend and I needed to entertain them for a couple of hours. I took them to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. We only looked around the everyday main exhibition, but it took up two hours. We also had soft...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

An eclectic collection and not at all ‘art gallery stuffy’. The permanent exhibits are excellent (oh how I love that hippopotamus!) and the changing exhibitions are diverse and really well mounted. Excellent cafe with massive glass window onto surrounding grass.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

First time to the Sainsbury Centre. Suggest you allow as much time as you can to see the centre. The guided tour is well worth factoring into your trip. Lots of opportunities to take a seat if required and interesting menu choices in the cafe.

Thank Pam M
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We had no idea the Sainsbury Centre has such an extensive and wonderful collection, with paintings, sculpture, ancient artifacts, and contemporary ceramics. It way exceeded our expectations. We spent a most enjoyable couple of hours and then had an excellent lunch in the cafeteria-style restaurant...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

The Sainsbury Centre is located about 3 miles West of the centre of Norwich, on the far side of the campus of UEA. It can be readily reached by bus (25 or 26) or cycle, if you don't have a car. Admission is free, though...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Ok came for a presentation and event but what a venue. We walked through the lower level and the exhibition was fantastic. Lucky enough to be served food and given the number of people it was good and the coped well with my difficult eating...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

We visited the general exhibition and the Roger Law exhibition. We really enjoyed both. It was great to see the variety in the permanent collection and we enjoyed the display style with a mixture of sculpture and paintings and a mixture of chronology and geographic...More

Thank Madalyn H
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

We visited the Sainsbury Centre recently to see the Russian exhibition. It was, as expected and as usual, expertly executed. The exhibits were well displayed with easy to read and understand explanations. The contrast between pre- and post-revolution Russia was stark. We were a little...More

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