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“Beautiful objects in a peaceful setting”

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Ranked #12 of 144 things to do in Norwich
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Owner description: 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.
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful objects in a peaceful setting”
Reviewed 18 May 2013

We found the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts last year when visiting the city of Norwich. Tucked away amongst the University of East Anglia complex, it can be seen as hard to find, but its well worth it. The building itself, designed by Norman Foster (also Stansted Airport) is visually attractive. The collection of world art and artifacts that Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury collected and then left to the education of all, students and public alike, is awe inspiring. Walking amongst Henry Moores, Jackson Polocks and Picasos work, side by side with a wooden head of a god from the Cook Islands and an ivory inlaid carving from Polynesia shows great art from the whole world. And the Anderson collection of Art Neuvo glass, furniture and jewellry, took me back again this year, And the cafe! Well you will just have to try it for yourself.

Visited May 2013
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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“Top class art”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

Cool building ,futuristic design,Mr Sainburys and his wife did,nt know anything about art but just bought anything they liked.There are some fantastic paintings and ancient sculptures on show.

Visited October 2012
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“great place”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Great collections to visit, nice parkland to stroll around and the best restaurant you can find if you're at UEA.

Visited March 2013
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UK
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“Enjoyable day out with a touch of art”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

We visited in on a Friday. It was not busy at all. Parts of the Centre were still under renovation at the time of our visit, yet it did not feel noisy or dirty due to ongoing work. The Centre is very suitable for wheelchair users. Plenty of space to move around the exhibits. The Centre has four wheelchair accessible toilets (two next to each entrance/exit) and a lift for the other than the ground floor. There are four parking spaces for blue badge holder right in front of the Centre too. The staff are very welcoming and helpful: a particular thank you goes to Pat for guiding us through the collection. Pat was one of a number of free guides working there, ready to help you with anything. The collection itself is very varied, meaning not everything is to everyone’s taste, but all are bound to find something they like. there is sitting spaces throughout the collection (for reflection time), as well as lightweight folding chairs to take with you and sit in front a specific exhibit.The café is reasonably priced; the rhubarb cake was particularly yummy. The seating area of the café is very appealing, it has floor to floor windows through which you can enjoy the views of the green grass and the rabbits hopping around. The menu was wide ranging too, with a few options for vegetarians on it; lunch was served after 12. Overall, a very nice day was had by our family.

Visited April 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“art nouveau up close”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

well it free parking and free to visit,,,,whats not not like...but seriously...stunning items on display beautifully lit and easy to view see all the famous names galle daum tiffany and see the exquisite work for themselves

Visited April 2013
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