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Firstsite, Colchester

(2.1/5 based on 170+ 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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  • I watched this place get thought about, built and used and i'm not sure if it was worth all the excitement. As an art student we were under the impression it was going to be the best thing in town but...  more »
  • Having had an email telling me about the Wunderkammer exhibit and also Zhang Enli mural I made a visit. I was expecting to see the mural and be mildly impressed and to be thrilled by the Wunderkammer ...  more »
  • The Zhang Enli mural was mentioned on TV on Friday evening so as we were passing near Colchester on Saturday we decided to call in and take a look. I liked Zhang Enli's trees but even better was this ...  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.