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Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
626-449-6840
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Ranked #2 of 27 Attractions in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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
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.

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Currently on loan from DC is "The Railway" by Manet. It's truly worth seeing (his favorite female model and a friend's child.) Downstairs is another special exhibit "Lock, Stock, and Barrell" which features some of the Duveen Collection Simon bought in its entirety. These pieces have been stored away and there are some lovely pieces to be seen. We also... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Big is not always better. You can see lots in a few hours. They have a wonderful collection that includes several impressionist painters. There is free parking and beautiful grounds.

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Highland, California, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Norton Simon Museum has a very wide variety of art and artists to share. I felt like I was seeing much of my university art appreciation class in one place, only the real work, not slides or pictures in a book. Suggest 2 visits to take it all in and avoid overload.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A ten minute drive from the resort and you're taking in the joy of fine art from many eras and a variety of master artists.

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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

They have one of the most well-rounded collections in Southern California. I'm never disappointed and always see something new. Their special exhibitions are generally thoughtful and sometimes thought-provoking.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Love visiting the Norton Simon! They have wonderful works by Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Monet and so many others! The sculpture garden around a little pond is a nice addition. Seeing the bronzes by Degas of the dancers is worth the price of admission alone. The museum is well laid out so you can see works from long ago until... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is an intimate museum, that has a great selection of exhibits throughout the year. It's located in Passdena, Ca which enhances where the museum is located

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The collections, gift shop, lunch and bar beside lily gardens is perfect. It is quick, complete, intellectual and scholastic. A fun way to briefly visit old favorites, extraordinary statues, relics, sculptural, paint and photography shows. What a great resource of art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

a very rich in excellent art museum.. Additionally, the grounds are beautiful with numerous sculptures. Unfortunately, we were there after a rainy night, and so to protect the grounds, the paths thru the sculpture garden were closed. Best to go on a dry day, so as to be able to experience everything that the museum has to offer. Easily up... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My favorite artist is Raphael (Raffaello in Italian) and his Madonna with the Infant is breathtaking. Renaissance masters Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Bellini are well represented. Wonderful store~this is where I started buying Christmas cards on sale. Supporting this fine facility and giving a lovely card with memorable art is a wonderful act. Highly recommend.

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