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Museum, free entry



Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

01603 593199


University of East Anglia,

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts


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. You will find modern European art interspersed with works from across the globe. The objects you find here span 5,000 years of human creativity. There are also special exhibitions, which change every few months, and a lively events programme featuring a range of creative activities for all ages.

Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury were passionate collections. The collection reflects their friendships with artists such as Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. It also includes works by Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Amedeo Modigliani. Many of these artists drew their inspiration from world art, a fascination for which they shared with the Sainsburys.

The gallery café offers light lunches, coffee and cakes, which the gallery shop stocks a high-quality range of books, cards and gifts not available on the high street, inspired by world art, architecture and design.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowedWedding receptionsFacilities for hearing impaired


Free entry

Building and permanent collection entry free. Special exhibition admission £4, concessions £2; families £8, concessions £6; school groups £1 per child.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 15 Oct - Sun 12 Feb Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific



See location of Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 193081  Lat: 52.62687 Long: 1.23988

By Road:
Turn onto the B1108 towards Norwich city centre. After approximately 1 mile, turn right into the UEA campus (well signposted). At the porter's lodge, ask for directions to the Sainsbury Centre car park.

By Public Transport:
From Norwich station it is 3 miles to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Norwich station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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