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. Plan a Norwich trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Part of UEA, and a great addition to the art and culture of Norwich. Many artefacts housed in impressive building. 
    Part of UEA, and a great addition to the art and culture of Norwich. Many artefacts housed in impressive building.  more »
  • 'We really like looking round the pictures' 'Good free day' 'I liked the paintings' 'Delicious cookie in the cafe' 
    'We really like looking round the pictures' 'Good free day' 'I liked the paintings' 'Delicious cookie in the cafe'  more »
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  • Popped in for a pint of milk and loaf of bread, only to be told they were an art gallery - not a supermarket! Seriously, an iconic building with a first rate art collection and world class exhibitions. Set in a beautiful surrounding landscape with installed sculptures and lake. Also has an excellent and reasonably priced restaurant. Have visited many times, would recommend.
  • Very nice collection of things to look at. Parking was free in the small university car park opposite the front entrance but you MUST get a permit from reception that you can display in your car to avoid a ticket. The sculpture trail was great, and there's a nice circular walk around the lake you can do too.

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