Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

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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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  • Ok came for a presentation and event but what a venue. We walked through the lower level and the exhibition was fantastic. Lucky enough to be served food and given the number of people it was good and...  more »
  • We visited the general exhibition and the Roger Law exhibition. We really enjoyed both. It was great to see the variety in the permanent collection and we enjoyed the display style with a mixture of s...  more »
  • We visited the Sainsbury Centre recently to see the Russian exhibition. It was, as expected and as usual, expertly executed. The exhibits were well displayed with easy to read and understand explanati...  more »
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  • Interesting pieces and varied exhibitions. I have been several times over the years, including when the Queen visited the Fiji exhibit. I have taken my class here also and they love seeing the art and the staff have always been very accomodating and great at engaging the children with fun activities. The children also love the fact that the building was in a Marvel Avengers film!
  • A stunning mix of art from all periods and continents set out without any formality within an open plan 1978 Norman Foster building. Unmissable for anyone interested in World cultures. Good food/coffee options. At the rail station exit, head for the bus stop on the right. The 25 takes around 40 mins plus a 5 min walk. The grounds offer some nice walking/picnicking.
  • Beautiful gallery in the campus of the university. Good choice of food and large area to sit with a coffee, salad or warm meal. The dedicated car park is far too small though, and we had to go round 3 times until someone left. Since this is the only authorised parking area, it should really be much bigger. The permanent exhibition is very interesting and there are always temporary ones of great value too.
  • Great gallery even though we visit several times per year we never tire of it. Refreshing cafe with lovely location.
  • Fabulous museum with visiting, short running exhibitions and lectures from some of the exhibitors. Nice lunch in restaurant overlooking greenery and Henry Moore sculpture.
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