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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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NJ
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105 reviews 105 reviews
43 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This may be the ideal museum for me - judiciously selected examples of excellent - though often less well known - pieces by marquee artists, especially in the European section, that are not submerged by a vast number of other works, as is typical in larger museums. A couple of quibbles: the tastefully designed Japanese garden is a Westernized version,... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Breathtaking pieces. Very impressed with the caliber of art in a museum this size. We did not visit the statues gardens because we lost time in the works of Van Gogh, Picasso and Degas. Staff is friendly. We were there during a Goya exhibit and were affected by the art's presence. Highly recommend!!!

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San Francisco, California
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11 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's all been said before, but I'll pile on: the Norton Simon Museum is wonderful. Art museums like the Louvre, the Met, and the Getty can be so overwhelming because the collections are huge and the crowds are huge-er. The Norton Simon Museum is less crowded, and you can see the entire (stellar!) collection in half a day.

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I took my friend who was visiting from Arizona. She has been to art museums all over the world and, like me, she was awed by this fabulous collection. As an architect, she appreciated the design and function of the building and the grounds. We were there from 1-5 pm and only managed to see the 20th century art, the... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Beautiful art museum chock-full of the most popular artists' works. Amazing Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. I've never seen so many Degas paintings and sculptures in one location. Fewer very modern/current pieces - and more Madonnas than I care to see. Easily viewed in one morning or afternoon. Very easy to get to from the 134 freeway with free parking. There... More

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Glendora, California, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I have been in museums all over the world. Many are bigger and have more impressive collections but this one remains a favorite. It is designed impeccably with taste and function in mind. I love the fact that its relatively small and so accessible. Its an easy half day excursion and the galleries are designed for optimum viewing pleasure. The... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

They have one of the nicest cafes in Pasadena, especially if you're up to a good view, tiny wildlide and small and healthy portions. The overall atmosphere of the museum is nice, not too big and not too small.

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Bradenton, Florida
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14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A lovely museum that is in a relaxing, beautiful setting. LA can be garish at times, Norton Simon Museum is a quiet respite from all the noise and strife. I would recommend for families with children who are 12 and up. I didn't see any younger children on my visit but the museum may have hours/programs geared for that purpose.... More

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Glendale, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A calm and beautiful art museum and gallery, in a relaxed environment. We liked the mixture of old and new, and the great overall presentation of the works of art.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a gem of a museum, with a small, well formed collection. The sculpture garden features Henry Moore and Jacque Lipchitz in a lovely setting. I took my two sons (9,11), who have spent much time in museums. The security guards were continuously on top of them, warning us to "please stay away from the painting, the frame and... More

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