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“The Greatest Impressionist Collection outside of Le Petit Palais” 5 of 5 stars
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Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
626-449-6840
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Ranked #1 of 56 things to do in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“The Greatest Impressionist Collection outside of Le Petit Palais”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Norton Simon's gift to the public of a rare and plentiful gallery of Impressionist art is second only to the Petit Palais in Paris. This is a must visit for any art lover.

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“Delightful museum in Pasadena”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

With a nice collection of Rodin sculptures, some Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Degas and Cezanne and Monet, and at least one Diego Rivera, this museum would be a point of pride for any city. It's a small collection of excellent, bright pieces that are well lit and provide plenty of room for viewing.

This museum would be a great pick for anyone who wants a brief museum tour of superb quality art in or around Los Angeles in 1- 2 hours.

Very near to the corner where the Rose Bowl Parade passes the grandstands and a short walk from the scenic Colorado Blvd Bridge.

Visited December 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Impressive private fine art collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Norton Simon is one of the best privately-assembled collections I've seen. The collection is primarily limited to European paintings from the 13th through the 20th century (plus some sculpture and an Asian artwork collection).

The highlights are definitely the Impressionist and early modernist works, including notable paintings by Monet, Degas and Van Gogh, and several terrific Picasso paintings. All of the other famous Impressionists are represented in the galleries, too. The remainder of the collection is more limited, with a couple of works from many major artists that are as good as any you'd see in the public art museums of most medium-sized cities for this type of art.

The entire collection can be seen in 3-4 hours. The museum itself is rather non-descript from the outside, though very nice on the inside. There is also a landscaped outdoor patio and pond where the museum's cafe is located. It's a nice museum in all aspects, and the $10 admission fee is very reasonable for what you can see.

Visited December 2012
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“Great collection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Well worth a visit if you are in Southern CA. Great collection of Degas drawings and bronzes. Also, interesting collection of medeval pieces.

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Oakland, California
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“Rich collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I like this museum because it is just the right size and offers great selection of some of the most important pieces of art from the Impressionism period. I happen to like Picasso and Matisse and there were quite a few of them too. But they also have a lot of more traditional art including statues.

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