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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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11:00 am - 8:00 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
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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The Best Big Little Museum

Norton Simon has the best of the best, but not too much of any one thing. You get an overview of many styles, periods, and media but no room is huge, crowded or overwhelming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Norton Simon has the best of the best, but not too much of any one thing. You get an overview of many styles, periods, and media but no room is huge, crowded or overwhelming. It's the perfect size to do in an hour or two, and you feel enriched and educated and cultured. The outdoor cafe is a lovely place... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is a jewel-box art museum, one of the best in North America. A fine collection of Impressionists, European and American; a nice outdoor garden/cafe with simple lunch foods at a reasonable price; some great reproductions of their honored sculptor, Rodin. It's an easy art-feast at which to spend a couple of hours or more.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This is not a large museum, but that is one of the things that makes it so appealing. It is well curated and the collections are laid out so that you can follow European art from about the 1500's forward. Each piece has a well detailed description of the art and artist - really puts each piece into perspective. The... More 

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Monterey Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is a small art museum, but often has special exhibits. It always feels peaceful to me. The parking is close and free. Admission is free the first Friday of the month from 5-8 PM

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Primarily Degas, but a sensational collection of his work, as well as other work from the connected period of art in France [predominantly] as well as some contemporary stuff. Also the Rodin sculpture garden as you approach the front door is a treat.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Even though the Norton Simon has returned 4 Khmer statues to Cambodia, their Asian collection is a knockout. An impressive Thai Buddha towers over and greets you in the entry. Inside on the lower level you'll find unique pieces primarily from South and Southeast Asia; hence, you can make vusual connections between these areas. Don't miss the outside sculpture area... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Norton Simon Museum is actually a house tour of a man who lived to be surrounded by art he appreciated. Some of the pieces are rare and wonderful, and the placement itself is a work of art, including several life size realistic sculptures by several artists. There is enough good and great art to make it as worth visiting... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

One of the best smaller museums I have visited! Don’t miss this fantastic gem! Free parking. Outdoor cafe serves up delectable, fresh, California flavors. But go early because they can run out of some of the item choices. Choices include salads, sandwiches, kids meals, etc... Make time to see the movie featuring the history of the museum - quite fascinating.... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I could kick myself for not visiting this place sooner. After all, I did live in the area for quite a few years. Beside their wonderful and rich art collections, the museum also offers classes for adult and children in a variety of art related topics. I especially love their garden. Although it's not a huge space, the garden has... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a gem of museums. Norton Simon has collected wonderful fine art and spectacular Asian artifacts. It is beautifully displayed and there is a lovely garden to boot. The museum shop is one of my favorites and I LOVE museum gift shops.

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Additional Information about Norton Simon Museum

Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone Number: 626-449-6840
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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