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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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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Description: 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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World-Class Art Museum

My wife and I have visited this museum 3 times and have enjoyed it each time. It houses a world-class collection of European paintings in a very pleasant environment. The $9... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Northern Virginia
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The museum building itself is a lovely piece of architecture, and the gardens very charming. The art was perhaps a bit second rate, eg a few solitary Brancusis and some lesser known works by Degas, Picasso and van Gogh. But if you like Asian artefacts you're in for a treat (we're not particularly), and there's plenty of unknown pre-1800 art... More 

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have visited this museum 3 times and have enjoyed it each time. It houses a world-class collection of European paintings in a very pleasant environment. The $9 entry charge (for seniors) is reasonable. This is a southern California must-see for art lovers.

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The museum is small enough that you can see everything in a few hours without feeling overwhelmed, yet filled with extraordinary art from around the world and from ancient times to modern art.

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Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

If you like museums, this is a must. They have great collections, from Renaissance to Modernism, European art to Asian artifacts and sculptures. Their garden and cafe is also really nice. The museum is never crowded which is great if you want to enjoy peace and quiet while taking in all the art.

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West Sacramento, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

had an exhibit from the D'Orsay in Paris. Beautiful outside garden with sculptures. there's also a nice little cafe to get drinks and sandwiches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Well worth a visit - this is a serious art museum with an impressive collection. The price was reasonable and it took us at least 3 hours to see it all!

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

Although Norton Simon is small as art museums go, this makes it all the more traversable and enjoyable. There is more Degas and other Impressionists than I've seen west of the MOMA. It is truly a remarkable collection, and it is unimaginable that one person would have the resources to not only amass it, but also share it. The sculptures... More 

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Kraainem, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I visited the Norton Simon Museum with a friend on Friday March 13th, 2015. This gem of a museum, next to old Pasadena, has a world class art collection and is well worth a trip to Pasadena. I visited it numerous times during the 5 years that I lived in Pasadena, this was my first visit since I left 25... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Degas Degas Degas, this museum is full of ballerina sculptures. And a good selection of paintings from early to very modern. A lovely sculpture garden with benches and a pond. Also a place to a drink or a snack.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

As art museum junkies, my wife and I have developed a bit of cynicism about various permanent collections. Not so with the Norton-Simon. This is truly a world class collection, not only of the "classics" but also of Asian Art. The docent suggested we watch the film which really provides a perspective on Norton Simon and his desire to make... More 

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