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Norton Simon Museum

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Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone Number: 626-449-6840
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most...

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections.

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Best small art museum in LA

I've visited the Norton Simon many times over the past twenty years and never tire of it. Although smaller than other art museums in Los Angeles, the collection is quite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been to the museum long ago when I was a teen. This time, my sister and I decided to see it. The art was very nice. Some pieces by well known artists like Degas, and Van Gogh. I understand that a museum should be quiet but the atmosphere made me feel unwelcome. There attendants dressed in gray and black... More 

Thank Pamela S
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've visited the Norton Simon many times over the past twenty years and never tire of it. Although smaller than other art museums in Los Angeles, the collection is quite spectacular and well-curated. It includes examples of European art dating back to the 14th Century, with works by artists like Titian, Botticelli, Rubens and Rembrandt. They have a fine collection... More 

Thank wego2places
Coronado, California
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a superb Museum, a rich and varied collection put together by Mr. Simon over the years. There is much to much to see, even in a day. We chose to look at the 19th and 20th Century collections. The collection includes all the Impressionists that you would expect to find; an excellent collection of Degas's work (probably equaling... More 

Thank PeterandJinx
Staten Island, New York
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This man collected some of the finest art ever. The diversity of his collection is amazing, from Van Gogh to Picasso, Degas and others makes this one of the best art museums I have encountered. Loved the theatre where a bio of his life is shown, do not miss that. Definitely need to return. Outdoor café is also quite lovely... More 

Thank moongirl
chicago IL
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a surprise to find this incredible art collection in Pasadena. Norton collected stellar and unique paintings executed by contemporary artists. Who knew that Monet painted a realistic painting of a turbulent sea studded with sailboats at 24 years? There are fantastic Van Gighs and Renoirs, bombards, Degas etc. The sculpture garden is beautiful and the Asian art collection is... More 

Thank utterna
Los Angeles, California, United States
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Norton Simon Museum is one of the best museums I've ever been to! It's the perfect size to take in for an afternoon (or Friday Evening) with the perfect amount of various art throughout history. The best part is they have a little bit of everything and you won't get burned out on seeing a lot of the same... More 

Thank Niki M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is pretty nice for say a picnic or to let the kids run around for a while. Just mind the rattlesnakes. They main office has a few nice displays to look at also. You can also go hiking if you are of that persuasion. Just remember how to get back, pack enough water and leave a note with... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from our hotel to the Norton Simon in pouring rain. No big deal -- although I admit that it was raining harder than I thought it was when we started out. We mis-read the opening hour, so we arrived about 45 minutes early in cold, pouring rain. There were at least four guards standing around inside chatting amongst... More 

Norton1907, Guest Relations Manager at Norton Simon Museum, responded to this review

Dear SPINDOCDENVER, Thank you for sharing with us your experience. Your note about waiting outside during the heavy rainfall sparked a conversation here about our policies for early arrivals during inclement weather. We hope to ensure this doesn't happen again. Kind regards, The public affairs team More 

Prior Lake, Minnesota
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I drive past this and most people will know this museum from the Rose parade but I decided to take advantage of the time they are open with no admission. This is an amazing collection from a private collector and quite a variety along with famous paintings.

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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was pleasantly surprised at the vast number of quality works. Great relaxing time with the family. Needed about 3 hours to see everything. ..4 or 5 would have been ideal.

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