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Firstsite, Colchester

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#7 of 10 in Museums in Colchester
Firstsite is a contemporary art gallery in Colchester, Essex, which opened in 2011. It was designed by Rafael Viñoly. It is situated in Colchester's "Cultural Quarter" near The Minories, Colchester, fifteen Queen Street (a creative business hub), the Norman Colchester Castle, the Natural History Museum, Hollytrees Museum and Colchester's Roman Wall. Its exhibits are on a rolling six-monthly basis, starting with Camulodunum, while it also cooperates with Essex University to show South American art. Firstsite is a registered charity under English law.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Expanding its activities and very welcoming to the community. Art, music, film, meeting place. Children friendly.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    As we were in the area,thought we would pay a visit.A wonderful modern gallery with a several exhibitions.Also bit of local history and a great display of a Roman mosaic floor.Nice shop and tea room,f...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    dont know what i expected but was a bit of an anticlimax to be honest , exhibits where good ,lovely photos , but just a huge space with nothing that left a lasting impression or prompted conversation ...  more »
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  • Facilities are good, great opportunities to watch live televised plays, staff are nice etc... but a lack of communication. For example they don't tell you what time doors actually open, or that there was two places to wait. They let the computer choose your tickets but don't show which ones are disabled seats- the computer booked our tickets but in a disabled space. The staff automatically gave a disabled woman our seats - which we didn't mind- but they didn't tell us or even say "Sorry can we swap your seats to these because of..." They told us nothing! They don't tell people when the intervals end and getting refreshments is hard.
  • Excellent BP portrait award exhibition. Café has a conscience, which is reflected in the price.
  • I only used/saw the cinema and cafe and thought it was really lovely! They were not short on staff members, everything was clean, airy and friendly. The cinema was a breath of fresh air.. it was super child friendly, we watched Mary Poppins. There was about 60 people in there but you wouldn't of known it, there was so much space, plus the seats were more comfy than usual cinemas. There was a member of staff from start to finish, you could eat and drink your own stuff there was no high priced food bill, there was lots of children and even babies but it did not distract myself or my older children. And amazingly only cost £1 each. We would 100% go again!! If I HAD to fault it I would have to be extremely picky and all I could say I there was a funny smell in the cinema but I put it down to the amount of wooden fixtures. All in all a GREAT morning!
  • Great idea but could be and do so much more. Feels deserted most of the time
  • Artsy architecture and huge function rooms inside. Went there for Friday prayer as the usual mosque was being repaired.

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A short train ride from London, Colchester is a university and working town. Hotels in the town center are near the main attractions, but for less expensive lodging consider a room near the university campus, which is situated in a tree-filled parkland.
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