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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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Unexpectedly Wonderful

After dismissing it for years to see bigger museums, like the Getty, I was really impressed with the Simon Norton in Pasadena. I went to see the Van Gough's but they have Monet... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After dismissing it for years to see bigger museums, like the Getty, I was really impressed with the Simon Norton in Pasadena. I went to see the Van Gough's but they have Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Rembrandt, and a fantastic collection of Hindu Art. Thinking the kids would be more into sculptures, I asked an elderly greeter if there were any... More 

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La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I always like a museum that has a good flow to it- one that you can see the progression of different subjects and how they relate. Norton Simon is one of those and we always enjoy our visits there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a serious art museum hound I was amazed that I'd never heard of this little gem. A Rembrandt self portrait?! Many excellent still lifes, including Claesz van Heda, my favorite. I think the strength is really 17th c. Dutch, but there's a lot more. I never even got to the Asian art downstairs.

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La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have been here many times, they always have great exhibits and featured shows. The collection of Hindu and Indian art is excellent.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We foolishly thought that we could spend half a day and see most of the museum. Wrong! I feel like we barely glimpsed the bottom floor before we had to leave for a previous engagement. There is a reason this museum is considered one of the finest in Los Angeles. As wonderful as the paintings are, the religious statutes are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a wonderful permanent collection, some interesting changing exhibitions and a nice garden. Cafe could notch it up a bit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum can be enjoyed in an afternoon. It is not overwhelming. Some of the art is really special and some not. Their is a gift shop, garden, tables and food to purchase. Worth a look.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW. A museum in Pasedena, collection of Norton Simon who loved the Impressionists, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Cezanne, and others too numerous to mention. Also a great number of 17 and 18th century art. I spent so much time viewing the paintings I didn't see the Asian collection downstairs. The sculpture garden was exquisite. Unusual plants and trees and beautiful... More 

1 Thank prettywoman65
Cerritos, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am reposting this because I am so angry. I don't know if this happened because the person who "represented" the Norton Simon museum was racist (I am white, my husband black.), classist (I was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans.), or had a problem with handicapped people. It was totally obnoxious, no matter what the motivation. My husband and I... More 

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

Dear Karen, We are all so sorry to hear about your negative experience visiting the Norton Simon Museum. We work very hard to make sure that all of our visitors have a positive time--enjoying our collections and garden, and interacting with our staff--and clearly we fell short during your visit. We thank you for taking the time to describe your... More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth seeing anytime you happen to be in Pasadena. Broad and impressive collection. Especially the sculpture garden

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