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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Last updated: 11 February, 2024

This world-class collection of art and sculpture began when Lord and Lady Sainsbury donated their collection to the public in 1973. Works of sculpture by Giacometti and Henry Moore stand alongside paintings by Francis Bacon and Picasso. There’s a fine collection of art nouveau works, and some fascinating historical exhibits including Egyptian relics, 1,500-year-old Mayan figurines and antique Japanese scrolls.

It’s an eclectic but absorbing collection, garnered from all four corners of the world, housed in the first public building designed by Sir Norman Foster.


Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest train station is Norwich, about two hours from London Liverpool Street. There are taxis from there or take the number 25 bus. There’s some free parking on a first come first served basis (but collect a permit from reception), and two excellent cafes.

Before you go, see their helpful and interesting shortlist of must-see artworks on the website.

When to do it

The gallery is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday.