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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Stunning permanent collection and great temporary exhibitions

We never tire of visiting here- there is always something new to notice in the remarkable permanent... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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interesting place

Their permanent collection is definitely worth a visit. We saw two other temporary exhibitions... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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...more
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Norwich Research Park Earlham Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We never tire of visiting here- there is always something new to notice in the remarkable permanent collection of modern and older ethnic art and there are regular visiting exhibitions of very high quality- the current exhibition of contemporary stained glass by Brian Clarke is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Their permanent collection is definitely worth a visit. We saw two other temporary exhibitions which were quite nice. The surrounding area is beautiful, with a trail around the lake.

Thank Mihai G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is certainly an experience. The Superstructures Exhibition is all embracing and suited my Arty husband. I favoured the stained glass. Fabulous place to have coffee and a meal. We also walked around the lovely lake as we had plenty of time.

Thank Libby W
Reviewed 13 June 2018

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
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

Thank travellerkMidlands
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

Thank Nick L
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.

Thank suziash
Reviewed 25 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
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

Thank Alpaca19
Reviewed 16 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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