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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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Great collection in a great space

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... read more

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

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 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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

We travelled to Norwich from North Yorkshire to see a specific exhibition at the Sainsbury. It was easy to find, being well signposted. The permanent exhibition was free of charge and that in itself was excellent. The Fiji exhibition did have an entry charge, but what a spectacular display. Well worth the journey. Had very good lunch to boot, reasonably... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The private collection of the Sainsburys, it is a very odd mix of archaeological artefacts, minor old masters, modern art etc etc. The best bits (for me) are in the basement where there is an extensive collection of tribal art . Free parking, but you need to park, then get you ticket and walk all the way back to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a stuffy old art gallery but one build to house contemporary and ancient art works in a unique setting. From Degas to ancient artifacts you can stroll around a spacious and airy building with natural and special light settings. This is an educational place and can become crowded with school kids sometimes so best to find out... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommended to those who love architecture as this building is so beautifully built with those unbelievable architecture designs ! Again have to say that it's highly recommended !!! Worth to visit this place ! 👍🏻

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

We went two days running to see the Japanese Photography and Fiji exhibitions and had lunch both days. There was just too much to take in for one visit. I make a point of coming here every time I am in Norwich as there is always something new to see. The food is good and reasonably priced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Title says it all... you can use the garden restaurant as a stand alone venue & also book The mezzanine for cocktails. We did both and also had a couple of bands & a huge dance floor. We easily seated 140 & SCVA brought it the amazing Grovesnor Hotel chefs to cook us all fillet steak. One of the best... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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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