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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

After over three months of closure, the Sainsbury Centre is now open with many practical measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the surroundings of art.

Exciting exhibitions, inspiring events and extraordinary collections, all housed in a spectacular Norman Foster building. Keep an eye on our website and follow us on social media for the latest updates.

Opening Times

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.


Free admission – some
exhibitions and events will
be charged separately

Opening Times

Tuesday – Friday 9am-6pm (Exhibitions 9.30am-6pm)
Saturday – Sunday 10am-5pm (Exhibitions 10am-5pm)
Closed Mondays, including bank holidays

  • Accepts Groups
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Coach Parties Accepted
  • Credit Cards Accepted No Fee
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Education Study Area
  • Facilities For Educational Visits
  • Facilities For Groups
  • Gift Shop
  • On-Site Catering
  • On-Site Light Refreshments
  • Public Toilets
  • Wheelchairs Available
  • Regional Tourist Board Member
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
University of East Anglia