Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts



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The centre opened in 1978 to house Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury’s collection of art. Housed in a world-class building, designed by Norman Foster, on the edge of the University of East Anglia campus, this is an inspirational public museum exhibiting outstanding public art for free. You can see modern and world art in permanent collections, in addition to special exhibitions which change every few months. A gallery cafe can be enjoyed here too. Photo credits: Main photo -Nigel Young Foster+Partners; exterior - Pete Huggins.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
University of East Anglia,NORWICH,NR4 7TJ


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Parking at main entrance, wheelchair available on loan
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 10-5. Closed Mon (inc BHs), Xmas & Etr (please check website)

About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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