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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
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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We spent one night in Pasadena and since the weather was quite cool, we decided to visit this museum not really expecting much but we were pleasantly surprised! Fantastic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Frillesas, Sweden
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Frillesas, Sweden
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80 reviews 80 reviews
45 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We spent one night in Pasadena and since the weather was quite cool, we decided to visit this museum not really expecting much but we were pleasantly surprised! Fantastic collection of art, all of the famous painters are well represented, very nice layout, beautiful garden. Lots of sculptures by Rodin and Degas in and around the museum. Definitely one of... More 

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Agoura Hills, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I had completely forgot how fabulous this museum is. Incredible collection of art. I saw multiple educational tours going on while I was there. The grounds are beautiful and they have an outdoor cafe that had surprisingly good quick food. Parking was free. It was great to rediscover this Southern California treasure

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South Pasadena
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I love this place because it's like a mini-Met. They have fantastic examples of just about everything and it's not a life-long project to see it all. When I just want a nice outing with my elderly mom or a little culture fix when my daughter is getting too attached to reality TV this is the perfect afternoon. The grounds... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This museum has an amazing collection of impressionist paintings and sculptures that are world class in quality and scale. It is a small and manageable museum with beautiful gardens outside where you can have lunch from a Patina restaurant. And right now they have one of the most famous paintings by Edouard Manet on exhibit until early March. Well worth... More 

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texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We spent about 4 hours at the museum. We used the audio guide which was great. The cost of admission is $12.00 and $3.00 for the audio. The museum also has a cafe and beautiful outside garden. Check out the unusual tree at the far end of the pond. It is spectacular.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

From downtown LA, I caught a local light rail train here which was a fun and easy experience. A beautiful walk through Pasadena (not Big Bang Nerds in sight!). My only regret was I should have allowed more time to see the displays. Set in beautiful gardens, and with a collection that is stunning-time period pieces, asian art and the... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It is a peaceful place to spend a few hours. I never go through all the exhibits at once, personally, that is exhausting. But strolling through the gardens or galleries is wonderful.

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Lovely collection of Chola bronzes and other SE Asian sculpture. A good overview collection of paintings from the 14th cent. through modern: While some of the paintings are not among the best work produced by that particular artist, the curating is exceptional: The more-extensive-than-usual signage accompanying each painting and sculpture, describing why this particular artist or work of art is... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A small but very high quality collection of beautiful and accessible art which makes for a very nice half day visit. No hords of people. Beautiful garden too. We come here frequently and always bring out our of town visitors here for a change of pace from the more noisy and crowded places.

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Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

One of my favorite museums ever! All the great masters. I love the Hindu and Buddhist art collections, they are spectacular!!! The gardens are peaceful and inspiring and you can be easily tempted to spend the entire day there. And Old Town Pasadena is right down the road! Get a membership for great benefits.

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