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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

(4.2/5 based on 460+ 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 building won awards for design, innovation and the standards of finish. The glazing and light are just perfect and though it is very spacious it somehow manages to feel friendly and intimate at th...  more »
  • One of our principle interests in going was to see the Ceramics especially Hans Coper and Lucy Ree. To our dismay the whole area was closed. We explained our interest and our guide asked if it could b...  more »
  • Been visiting for nearly 30 years and it still astonishes. Just wander around and bounce from item to item: defines eclectic. Touring exhibition this time - Japanese photos - a bit underwhelming, but ...  more »
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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