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Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
626-449-6840
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Ranked #1 of 30 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Compare to other LA visiting points, Norton Simon Museum do worth a trip. At lease the paintings and the bronzes will lighting your eyes (away from outlet and Disney world!)... Relax and have a coffee at the beautiful garden. (Personally, recommand the Degas collections.) Nevertheless, please don't except it is as rich as the National Museum in any Europe city.... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Absolutely loved this place! We were there on a fairly busy day but never felt the crowds. The audio tours are amazing. Just a huge tip though. This was our first time at the museum and we started to the right of the main entry with the Renaissance artists. But we spent so much time in this area that we... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Norton Simon Museum is truly a treasure. It has an excellent quality collection of fine art by European Masters and others. The facility is first rate and the grounds are well maintained. There is a modest entrance fee but parking is free. The Gift Shop/Bookstore was small but well stocked and prices were competitive. I certainly will go again.

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was my first time visiting a museum in Pasadena. I know there are other attractions but I chose this one because of the positive feedback it got from Trip Advisor. My family and I were lucky that there were no entrance fee as it was a "free" day during fourth of July. Parking was a bit challenging. Luckily, waiting... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This museum should be on everyone's list when in the LA area. It has one of the most incredible collections of old European masters. To name a few: Adam and Eve by Cranach the Elder, self-portrait with black velvet beret by Rembrandt, Rembrandt's portrait of his young boy Julius, one of Rafael's Madonna with the child Jesus, one of Brancusi's... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Worth a visit if in Pasadena or nearby, but not worth a special trip. The bus stop is right outside, and afterwards it is easy to walk into Old Pasadena for a drink. An interesting collection, better on its European masters than the 20th century paintings, even though the latter did include some Picasso's . The bronzes outside are good,... More

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

First rate museum that is right in the middle of everything Pasadena....so many showings of fine paintings and the grounds are just the right size for the beginning of the afternoon or a can be included for a relaxing, affordable time of reflection and viewing after a dinner out! I especially like that I could walk from room to room... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This art museum contains one of the finest collections of French Impressionist paintings on the North American continent. In addition, it possesses and displays major European works of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as many examples of significant modern and contemporary art. It is a joy for us to visit on each and every occasion and we do... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We walked around the outside of the home which the gardens and architecture was stellar. It is a craftsman home. Next visit we will go inside. It is close to the Arboretum so we went there instead! Wonderful place.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I've been to the Norton Simon twice in the last couple of years and was delighted. In the Los Angeles area you are invited to the fabulous Getty Museum on the top of the hill and the wonderful LACMA. Frankly, as good as those venues are, I was more excited to visit the Norton Simon. I was an art major... More

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