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“Eclectic in the extreme but wonderful”

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Ranked #12 of 149 things to do in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Visited on a whistle-stop tour and were offered and took a free guided tour of this wonderful collection. To see 13 Francis Bacon's in one place is a special treat. The range of work covers African tribal art to 20th/21st century sculpture. Sadly time was against us but I will return and devout at least 3 hours to an amazing collection. Thank you the Sainsbury family.

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Reviewed 8 May 2014

value amazing food the same the staff are so nice the really take a pride in the place so clean nice service would go there every dayif i could

Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We spent under two hours here and it was not enough. The collection is an eclectic mix of items that interested Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, who gave the lot to the University of East Anglia together with a Norman Foster building to house it.

They combined interest in ethnic art with mainstream European art. Robert was a great friend of Henry Moore so his work is well represented in the collection.

When we went there was an interesting series of letters to and from the Sainsburys curated by MA students at the University of East Anglia.

After we had looked at the exhibits, we had a well earned cup of tea and cake in the delightful cafe

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

I saw Degas' Little Dancer and I still can't believe it! I saw Mucha again with the same great pleasure <3 They had four monumental sculptures from Matisse. Sainsbury collection is incredible! The pieces are from all over the world and some of them are beauty itself.

Thank virtualLi
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

What is it about Norwich,that keeps so many secrets under wraps, The Sainsbury centre is one such venue that doesn't appear to be that exciting on the surface and so is probably dismissed by most, however this place is a real gem, and should be visited by anyone who wishes to spend a morning completely immersed in culture, classic and modern art. And if you think that's a turn off then be prepared to be pleasantly surprised if not shocked. YES there was a classic Formula One Lotus race car on display in the Cafe..... which reminds me , great value , high quality food. Also take time out to walk around the lake and the UEA campus. 10/10 folks from a grumpy 'Ol fool who wouldn't normally get that excited by this sort of thing, but who has been educated. Thanks ! ( will now visit every time in Norwich)

Thank mr_sleepwell
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