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Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
626-449-6840
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Ranked #2 of 31 Attractions in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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,... more » 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. « less
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Indio, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend, her 14 year old daughter and I Visited on a Sunday to small, manageable crowds. Though a smaller intimate museum the collections housed are exceptional as are diverse. Paintings including some of the well known artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, etc, you can find sculptures by Degas inside, Rodin out in the front walking into... More

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

after being less than excited by The Getty Centre it was joy to visit this brilliant museum again. The collection is top quality and the building easy to negotiate. On a very hot day it would have been better if we could have had our lunch indoors but that is a small comment.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

An impressive private collection, displayed for a reasonable price a variety of masters and Asian art.

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Austin, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

September 2014. Never been to the Norton Simon Museum before. Wow. Beautiful, inspirational, both inside and out. There are so many wonderful collections around Southern California (such as Riverside County's Edward-Dean Museum) which are the result of personal acquisitions made available for public viewing. Having viewed just a portion of the Norton Simon collection and walked the accessible sculpture garden... More

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Washington, Dc
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I drove by this place several times without knowing much about what was inside. I finally stopped on a hot morning to enjoy the A/C but found a major art museum. It features both painting an sculpture from around the world. It also has a nice outdoor sculpture garden and a movie theater.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It was enjoyable to see the sculpture collection at the front and to stroll around the Sculpture Garden located at the back of the premises. My family goes to LA every-year. If it was our first time we never would have gone to this museum with it being located in the outskirts of LA which also makes it isolating. If... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A truly great small collection with great depth in a beautiful environment. A must see for any art lover.

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Pasadena, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a beautiful little jewell of a museum. You can see everything they have in 1 short day. They have some beautiful pieces including Diego Riviera's "Calla Lilies".

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Delightful outdoor sculpture garden around a pond. Exquisite collection in a manageable scale, even for people who are usually bored by museums. Oasis in Pasadena!

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SEATTLE
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Smallish museum with an amazing collection of art. Nice gift shop and lovely grounds. Enjoy lunch or a coffee outdoors on the terrace with view of the sculpture garden.

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