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Norton Simon Museum

Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone Number: 626-449-6840
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Ranked #2 of 26 Attractions in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
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
Owner description: 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The museum is very large and impressing. You get into and choose the halls according to your preferences: the centuries, time. It's quier, cool. You take pictures as much as you want. But do not touch the exhibits: it's a must everywhere. Do not bring liquid with you. You can buy drinking water inside. There are a few places to... More 

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Washington DC
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63 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This beautiful facility is one of California's real treasures. The permanent collection is exquisite and well-mounted in a series of connected galleries. The Impressionist, post-impressionist and modernist art is as good as it gets anywhere. The museum is surrounded by terraced gardens that display spectacular works of sculpture in small plazas and enclosed niches. The plantings are well chosen and... More 

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Norton Simon Museum is a treasure chest of world-class art. It is conveniently located in Pasadena, allowing for a full day of art, shopping and dining.

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Fresno, California
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19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Norton Simon this weekend, but one day is not nearly enough time to take in all this lovely museum has to offer. Several scultptures by Rodin greet you coming up to the entry way. My husband really appreciated the Asian art collection with renowned pieces from India, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand and... More 

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Hollywood, CA
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This collection covers art from medieval to modern art. There are a few examples of almost every type of painting but the examples are outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

It's very impressive with it's famous paintings. My favorite is Vincent vanGogh. What a thrill to his real work. The architecture of the facility had a modern twist. Rooms and rooms of paintings and sculptures. It was great but didn't compare to the Getty in Los Angeles. They do have a snack bar out doors with a very beautiful and... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Aesthetically the setting for both the interior art collections and the sculpture gardens is pleasing and relaxing. Small enough to cover in a few hours, easy to park, this is certainly a destination spot in Pasadena. A mix of collections from 19th century to later works, I loved the impressionist and post-impressionist art the best. Unfortunately, it rained the day... More 

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Torrance, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The museum has a spectacular Impressionist collection, and a wonderful sculpture garden, including many by Rodin and Henry Moore.

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pittsburgh
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20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This museum is always seen in the Rose Parade as it is on West Colorado Blvd. A free parking lot is conveniently located adjacent to the museum. There is a spectacular outside garden of Rodin sculptures and a wonderful cafe outside. Amazing collection of European 19th century art. While the museum is compact, plan on at least four hours.

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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37 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you are anywhere near Pasadena, this is a must see museum. Lots of easy parking. The museum has a spectacular garden full of Rodin statues. The gardens are peaceful and worth sitting in to shut out the outside world. The actual space is easy to navigate and not overwhelming. I love their collection of impressionist artwork. They have amazing... More 

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