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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
(4.2/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan your visit to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Norwich travel itinerary maker.
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  • The Fiji exhibition occupies the whole of the basement space, plus there is a boat and some other artifacts near the main entrance. While you are there the permanent collection is arranged in an unusu...  more »
  • The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is beautifully situated on the green campus of the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The great Hall contains a fine collection of ethnic arts from all over the world, complemented by some contemporary works by Bacon, Degas and Picasso. The admission to the permanent collection is free.
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  • I really enjoy it..classic , good quality selection of food from upper-end cafe style dining. Good select of fresh hot or cold options, including healthy ones! 
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  • Fantastic - great architecture by Lord Foster, fabulous main collection, and great temporary exhibitions.
  • Great venue. Fantastic building and interesting collection inside. Good Coffee shop area which is a joy to use and a great space. Love it.
  • Interesting collections to look at. Good cafe. We'll worth a look if you are in Norwich or at UEA for any reason
  • Only visited the Cafe but what a great little cafe it is. Very spacious with a huge window with tables arrayed all along it feeling like you are seated outdoors. Good selection of Teas Coffees and Cakes and Hot food also. If you go to the Sainsbury Centre be sure to drop in on the Cafe.
  • Some really great pieces here, in a very interesting building. The recent 'Bacon and the Masters' exhibition was amazing. There is always something worth seeing here