Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, Norwich
Tel: 44 1603 593 199
Concierge.com's insider take:
On a campus packed with examples of contemporary architecture stands this gem: Lord Norman Foster's first notable public work, which was extensively renovated (by the architect) and reopened in 2006. Behind the glamorous hangarlike walls is an incredible museum of modern and world art that's open to the public. Permanent collections include works by Henry Moore (check out his Mother and Child stylized stone sculpture), Francis Bacon, Corbusier, Sol LeWitt, and Alberto Giacometti. There are also centuries-old artifacts from the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific, medieval European pieces, 20th-century ceramics, and an extensive Art Nouveau collection on display every three years (sorry, you just missed it, the exhibit closed in mid-June, 2007). Visiting exhibitions are always worth catching: Alien Nation, a sci-fi exploration of racial, cultural, and ethnic otherness by 12 contemporary artists, will be on display between early October and early December 2007.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Closed Mondays.