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Address: 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
Phone Number: +1 626-449-6840
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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

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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High quality artwork in a modern building

The Norton Simon Museum is wonderful. At most museums I have a short attention span, but this time I was captivated by the variety of the permanent collections. The descriptions... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Norton Simon Museum is wonderful. At most museums I have a short attention span, but this time I was captivated by the variety of the permanent collections. The descriptions next to each painting are especially informative, providing historical context plus details about the artists’ life and painting style. The main level of the museum is nicely organized into four... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see if you enjoy art. The special exhibit right now is of Picasso's early lithographs. The grounds and building are excellent with a cafe as well. Make sure you have at least 1-2 hours to browse through.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very peaceful. Relatively small. snack bar. After his wife suggested they visit India he accumulated magnificent Indian art. Not a big place but well worth a couple of hours. The introductory movie about him plays every several hours and was very interesting. Worth a stop

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have come here for several exhibitions and to just tour the permanent collection. The museum has a Van Gogh painting I love to look at for the colors!! Anyway, the most memorable for me, beside all the Rodin sculptures, is the Cambodian art they have on display year-round. I have been to Cambodia twice now and seen Angkor Wat... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came for the impressionists and the renaissance painting ; Really enjoyed the sculpture garden next to a waterlily pond! Light refreshments in the shade and small quality giftshop!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If it's a lovely day, do wander through the Sculpture Garden. Lots of Henry Mooore sculpture, but others as well. We saw the special exhibit of Picasso's lithographs. The exhibit was expertly and wonderfully organized and mounted so that each piece could be seen without distraction. Looking for a gift, try their Book Shop!

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Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I spent a really wonderful time visiting this museum. It's not to big and it has beautiful paintings and sculptures to see. You can enjoy the Renoirs, Degas, Picassos and two of the most beautiful Van Gogh's I've ever seen...! Besides, it has two pretty gardens: one in the front before the entrance- with Rodin's sculptures, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I really love this museum. First, the Thinker is just outside the museum, and there are more statues outside the museum. Second, the paintings, statues, others inside the museum is very elegant. There is big Buddism exhibition. There is also a big garden, that's very quiet and you can enjoy a coffee there. Parking is very easy, and it's also... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited LA a number of times and on a recent visit we were advised to visit Pasadena and especially the Norton Simon museum. What a surprise. A bit off the beaten track but it is a gem. It has an excellent collection of European paintings and sculptures. A large number of sculptures are in the delightful gardens and... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

I was so excited to meet a new friend at the Museum. She had given guided tours of the Asian collect in the past and knew everyone well. We sat for a sip and a taste of food at the cafe. I had not been in a while and knew nothing of the upgraded care area So much to my... More 

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