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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Address: University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England
Phone Number: 01603 593199
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Ranked #18 of 76 Attractions in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum where you can see outstanding art for free. The Centre, which opened in 1978 to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, is a world-class building designed by Norman Foster, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

A good place to refuel when visiting the wonderful Visual Arts centre. Set in a Norman Foster building with landscape view on works of art set outside. The food was fresh and tasty, if basic. Good soups salads and sandwiches..

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Shipley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A good visit for those who like the Arts. A variety of exhibitions to be seen both inside and outside.

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LONDON
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I did once enjoy visiting this place. I came hear in October 2014 with my Dad for a late afternoon visit. We simply could NOT park anywhere near by. The parking has changed and they are no help at all inside the centre. The women on the front desk came across as being rather stuck up and un helpful I... More

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Norfolk
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11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

I used to visit here 2 or 3 times a year as its a very good exhibition centre. However, it is now £10 to park (no matter how long or short your visit) which must be more than for any similar venue outside Central London. In my case I just wanted to visit the Permanent Collection and so did not... More

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Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Went to Norwich for the day just to visit and I was not disappointed. The building is super modern and the collection and exhibitions inside are of a quality that I never expected to find outside a major city. The permanent collection is a mixture of ethnology and modern art that is displayed in such a way that it all... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is an amazing Norman Foster designed building housing a huge collection of art, paintings, sculpture and other objets d'art. Its a bit out of town but well worth the trip.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It's such a wonderful place - so who hit on the idea of charging a £10 flat rate for parking (no change given) no notes or cards accepted? £5 was refunded for attending the exhibition, but you had to park your car, trudge to the Centre, get change from the harassed staff, buy your ticket and return to the Centre... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

First and foremost, the building. Designed in the mid-1970s by Norman Foster, the Sainsbury Centre becomes a remarkable open space inside by virtue of having all the services hidden within the thick skin of the walls. The effect is tranquil and calming, leaving one free to enjoy the museum. The main collection is the result of many years of collecting... More

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Chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Though this was our 4th visit to Norwich, this was our first visit to the Sainsbury art collection on the grounds of the University of East Anglia. It is a beautiful collection of art, prehistoric to the 20th century. The entry is free . It would be nice if they had guided tours like they do in some museums. We... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This building is an incredible space , and worth a visit at any time of the year, but also the Last Two exhibitions they have had there were amazing , there is a lot of great exhibits that are there all year round , the Francis Bacon paintings are worth a visit alone , great little cafe with good food... More

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