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“Brilliant permanent collection”

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Ranked #11 of 148 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.
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Although we went to see the Norfolk-themed exhibition, the permanent collection is worth a visit in its own right. Fabulous ancient artefacts (from tribal masks to a darling little hippopotamus sculpture) to modern Henry Moore and Giacometti pieces. Look out for Moore's underground drawings - terrific little studies of people sleeping. Small enough to get around comfortably - varied enough to engage all but the most obstinate teenager! Café has gone downhill a bit, and the shop could do with more stock, but the art is wonderful.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I am not a fan of the build, though it has won awards but the collection is well worth a visit. It is on the University of east Anglia Campus so parking can be a problem but don't let that put you off. The main collection is free to view but there is a charge for special exhibitions.

Thank Freelance60
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Free entry to this well established modern art history venue. try the two cafes and have a good wonder

Thank threedy
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A lot to see for free, pay if you want more. We were asked for 12euros a month ago in Amsterdam to see a single Francis Bacon Triptych. Lots of Bacon here for free. Pleasant, helpful and knowledgable guides on hand.

Thank Paul P
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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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