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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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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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Incredible art musuem - a MUST see

If you can make it to Pasadena, the Norton Simon museum is absolutely a MUST SEE. It is one of the best curated museums I have experienced. The breadth and quality of the art is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

If you can make it to Pasadena, the Norton Simon museum is absolutely a MUST SEE. It is one of the best curated museums I have experienced. The breadth and quality of the art is simply amazing, especially given its size. The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago can match the quality, but it is 10 times larger and you... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Norton Simon was a very discerning private collector and now museum goers are the beneficiaries of his great eye and generosity. fantastic collection of 19th and early 20th Century European paintings, as well as an excellent Asian art collection on the bottom floor. When we visited in May they were showing some of the greatest pieces from the Musee d'Orsay... More 

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Fullerton, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best museums in Southern California. It boggles the mind that one man built this collection. It is a beautiful museum as well. The grounds are quite nice and there is a small restaurant with outdoor dining. If you give yourself the day, you can take in the whole museum.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I live in Pasadena area and enjoy visiting some of my favorite art regularly. A visit is re-energizing and inspiring for me. Powerful. I always mean to go to the Cafe for lunch during some workdays - incredible sculpture garden. I haven't quite done that yet. What a collection!

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Incredible collection, beautiful space. Not at all crowded. Nose to nose with a Rembrandt! And lucky us, we saw Whistler's Mother on Mother's day!

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Levallois-Perret, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

I had often heard of the Norton Simon museum and finally had a chance to visit while in the Pasadena area. It is a truly exceptional small museum with four highlights: European Old Masters, French Impressionists, Indian bronzes and 20th Garden statuary (Moore and Maillol). We spent two hours visiting the collection and had a very enjoyable time ending with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Likes: the exquisite curation; the depth of the Renaissance collection; the unexpectedly comprehensive Southeast Asian collection. Dislikes: that it seems like this place is not being seen by a wide enough audience.

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northridge, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The most recent exhibit includes selected art from the Musee D'Orsay - so if you don't have a trip to Paris planned anytime soon - head over to the Norton Simon Museum. We arrived on a Saturday morning and there was plenty of parking and the museum was not crowded. The exhibits were beautiful and we spent over two hours... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Norton Simon is still a wonderful afternoon of culture and fun. Whistler's Mother" was on loan from the Musee d"Orsay in France.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

this museum is beautiful inside and out. There is a lot of variety inside and the outdoor garden is peaceful and pretty. staff is helpful and knowledgeable.

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