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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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Address: Norwich Research Park Earlham Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England
Phone Number: +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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Modern Works of Art in a Modern Environment

A nice mix of visual arts in an open, understated, display area. A couple of Picassos are hidden away amongst them - see if you can find them!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A nice mix of visual arts in an open, understated, display area. A couple of Picassos are hidden away amongst them - see if you can find them!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Full of interesting objects from all over the world. The works are from thousands of years ago to the 21st century. Unlike most collections the works are generally not arranged age or origin but by style so you can compare recent British work side by side with something 5000 years old from Africa or China.

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Thank Gregofhadstock
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I absolutely loved this centre. The art on display is absolutely stunning, especially some of the statues. The little shop is great to pick up a copy of your favourite piece of art, and the cafe serves excellent food.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had been talking about visiting the Sainsbury Centre for a couple of years and as we were in Norfolk for a long weekend this seemed the time to go. Firstly finding the place is difficult enough. On the UEA Campus signage is hard to follow. The Centre's website does mention where to park but there is currently no signage... More 

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Thank Sharpe26
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of interest for the art lover, there are many intriguing exhibits on display. There are often themed exhibitions available to see at extra charge. But there is plenty to see for free!

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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glad we took time to drive out to see this building and experience its beautiful collection of amazing objects. The internal space is lovely to be in, muted in sound but with such a sense of space and light. Lovely. The large cafe at the end of the building is absolutely wonderful space to sit in - you feel like... More 

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

The Fiji exhibition occupies the whole of the basement space, plus there is a boat and some other artifacts near the main entrance. While you are there the permanent collection is arranged in an unusual "face-off" with 19 and 20 Century portraits opposite ancient artifacts from around the world. Thought provoking.

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Thank Jeff S
Norwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoy it..classic , good quality selection of food from upper-end cafe style dining. Good select of fresh hot or cold options, including healthy ones!

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

The Sainsbury Centre is a great place, if you want to see something new and exotic! Their exhibitions have never disappointed me. Every time when I go there I have the feeling that I am in another world full of adventures and hidden treasures. The members of the staff are always very friendly and ready to help, love giving extra... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Centre is well situated amid in the impressive campus of the University of East Anglia. It is not vast but has many impressive artifacts, sculptures and paintings from all over the world. The main criticism is that there is no sense of logical or even chronological presentation in the display and, for a lover primarily of the Renaissance and... More 

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