Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

4.3
#1 of 16 in Museums in Norwich
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts offers an art gallery in addition to a museum based on the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, which contains items spanning 5,000 years of human creative endeavors. Some must-see items from that collection include a 3,000-year-old Egyptian hippo, a 500-year-old Inca-made silver llama, and an important early study by Picasso. Spend some time interacting with the architecture, as the building’s cuboid structure made of clad steel and a clever basement extension make up celebrated works in the oeuvre of Lord Foster. Relax at the cafe, with a menu focused on local ingredients, which overlooks the modern sculpture garden. Before you visit Norwich, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • It's a pig to find by car, and we started to lose hope circling around the UEA campus, but the Sainsbury Centre is worth the hunt (beware: campus signage often shortens it to SCVA, which does not help...  more »
  • If you are an art lover this would be a place to visit. It is full of interesting artefacts and the Paul Nash exhibition alone made our visit worthwhile. Try to arrive in time for the introductory tou...  more »
  • Unsure about culture? Ambivalent about 'modern 'art? Whatever your thoughts, respectfully suggest casting off any preconceptions and visiting this beautiful place. Regardless of the art on display thi...  more »
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  • Remarkable collection. Wonderful art in a Norman Foster building. More Francis Bacon paintings than you can imagine.
  • Interesting collection of African art. Runs various art sessions for children during school holidays that need to be booked in advance. They also run a "Sunday studio", with different art activities for children/families inspired from the sainsbury's centre collection.
  • A lovely location on the side of the lake, and some wonderful exhibits. Lovely shop with all kinds of things for sale - well worth a visit!
  • Fantastic experience seeing the Queen arrive. Lovely venue one I would recommend!
  • Interesting and diverse displays, modern toilets, and a great café with a lovely view. The café has quite limited vegan options, which is the only reason I've knocked off a star.

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