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Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
626-449-6840
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Ranked #1 of 28 attractions in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this museum. One of the best in the world. Spectacular setting. Free parking. Largest collection of Rodin sculpture I've ever seen.

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San Jose CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a fabulous collection of Masters, Impressionists, including some Rembrants, Corots, and others. Well worth the visit. Plan to stay for two hours or more. There is a gift shop and nice small garden with a small café.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Well displayed art and very famous pieces. Happened upon a guest speaker in the theater and heard a very interesting presentation included in the price of admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Just a short walk to old town Pasadena, this fabulous museum is a gem. Very doable in a short amount of time. Don't miss the Diego Rivera piece!

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I only gave this museum a four because I have not seen the whole thing. Looking forward to going back, see the sculpture garden, maybe have lunch.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This museum has a great collection of art that includes, Picasso, Degas, Diego Rivera and others. It is not overwhelming and will not take you all day to enjoy this jewel of Pasadena. It has great outdoor spaces to enjoy the So. California sunshine.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

What ever your taste in art may be from modern to ancient classics you will find some phenomenal examples at the Norton Simon. The museum is small but packed with gems from paintings to sculpture. This museum is a must see while in Pasadena.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a beautiful museum! Loved the Degas works, especially the bronzes. This museum has a wonderful collection with placards that explain each work. It was not crowded or overrun with school field trips so we could really take our time wandering through the galleries. The outside cafe is pricey -- as are all museum cafes -- and the sculpture... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

So many nudes of women and no men made me a bit uncomfortabl. Nice outside gardens to sit in and where I spent most of my time. Some lovely artwork.

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Silicon Valley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Rodin Sculptures nice to view up close and the monster mandala was in a room by itself. Special viewing and I don't think it's been in the US for centuries. In a room by itself and makes me wonder how it was every transported to the US and the museum and it looks "like new." Had a docent led tour... More

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