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Firstsite, Colchester
(2/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This seems to be always open, the exhibits seem to change reasonably frequently and children seem to be encouraged to partake in organised activities. The toilets are free, clean and well stocked with...  more »
  • Its very quiet at Firstsite, but then it always is. In fact today there is more staff than visitors...!! But then it always is like that. 
  • This is a beautiful gallery, the very building a challenge to our senses. I loved the Andy Warhol and how local people's photographs were included in the exhibition. I'll be going again. The Martin Pa...  more »
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  • Went to Firstsite with my family expecting a view into the world of modern art. But no, what I got was pictures of people, bananas, hot dogs and.. at one point, dildos. This was not was I was expecting, the building is nice but the inside is plainly put, awful and boring. We were finished in less than 20 minutes and the only good thing about Firstsite is that it is free. Luckily our trip was saved by another art gallery/ tea room next door, if you want art, go to the tea room just outside Firstsite for some real art.
  • 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!
  • Pretty dull to be honest. When I went there was a photo exhibition and it just looked like someone's holiday snaps. Also the descriptions of the displays are in unintuitive places. The lovely historic mosaic had no text at all to explain its history.
  • A strange place that do interesting things to get kids involved with art or play. Definitely worth a visit
  • Not clearly signed - I had to look up displays online to find out details. It seems kinda pointless having the place if visitors have to look up details online.