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Interesting eclectic museum

The building is interesting. I heard it was built curved (semi-circle) to save the trees out front... read more

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Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Firstsite's stunning golden building was designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, and opened in September 2011. The gallery initiates world-class exhibitions by...more
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Site Office High Street | Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1PG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is interesting. I heard it was built curved (semi-circle) to save the trees out front. Clever! The museum seems to have changing exhibits - we saw some interesting ones, particularly a selection of paintings, poems, and small sculptures by prisoners being held in...More

Thank barbara361
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seems that the city of Colchester makes an attempt to modernise the city starting in this area. The museum has a nice semi circle design around a garden. Inside the galleries follow this design with sometimes surprising architectural solutions like the small round theater...More

Thank SeimenBurum
Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

The building itself is a truly inspiring piece of art! Sadly rather tucked away, but when found it’s free admission with well spaced displays and activity rooms. We visited in particular to see some of the exhibits done by prisoners entered for the Koestler Trust...More

Thank dkgillett
Reviewed May 27, 2018

Yesterday i along with family and friends visited Firstsite in Colchester to watch McKellen "Playing the part" in the cinema. I was very impressed with the layout of the building and cinema. Their is free parking for blue badge holders and easy access for the...More

Thank Vanessa P
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately I can post just these photos, where arent my kids seen. But its really always must visit when we in town. Such a good vibes, so many interesting exebitions to see, even best Coffee in town! Lovely activities for kids during half term, interesting...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

After initial hiccups over funding and how this was run, the gallery now seems to have turned a corner under new leadership and now seems to be attracting some interesting and thought provoking work. Examples recently were the 'Britishness project', prompting visitors to air their...More

Thank sfmann106
Reviewed April 22, 2018

I found the 'Chip Night' exhibition of work by prisoners fascinating - there were some really good pieces of visual art and poetry here. The 'Britishness Project', exploring the views of local teenagers on identity, was interesting too. However I didn't 'get' the 'Bronze Age'...More

Thank EH-in-York
Reviewed March 27, 2018

Yet again Firstsite have given over their exhibition space for a lame display by the commercial art gallery Hauser and Wirth. This 'new' exhibition is, in Firstsite's own words, "Hauser & Wirth gallery’s satirical museological presentation first made for Frieze London 2017." I am not...More

Thank 901alexi
Reviewed March 25, 2018

For the first time since I've been visiting Firstsite there is a exhibition worth seeing "Chip night" features work by prisoners and young offenders from various units in East of England and like all good art work and poems it makes you think. Its on...More

Thank Johan-Markus M
Reviewed March 9, 2018

I made my first visit to this gallery about 5 years ago ... The best thing about the gallery was the ability to park nearby. Very poor building based mainly on image rather than function or practicality. I thought it was time to reflect and...More

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