Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

4.3
#1 of 13 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. 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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • July 25, 2017
    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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