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Norton Simon Museum

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Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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Amazing collection of 16th-20th century European art

Easy access to museum. Impressive display of some of the most accomplished and well-known European masters. Hard to believe this was one man's collection.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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San Clemente
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easy access to museum. Impressive display of some of the most accomplished and well-known European masters. Hard to believe this was one man's collection.

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent a rainy day at this museum. Besides the absolutely breathtaking artwork, beautifully displayed, there is a wonderful outdoor cafe area where you can have a glass of wine out by a pond. This place is a gem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Covers a lot of art history in a small but elegant Frank Gehry building with an exquisite sculpture garden. Highlights include a Raphael Madonna and child, a virtually unknown Henri Rousseau, a mesmerizing Zubaran still life, and a bold and beautiful Ribera of flower vendor with enormous calla lilies. It's a destination museum you can spend hours enjoying.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Norton Simon is central to Old Town Pasadena has easy parking and a very reasonable admission cost. The Simon has a beautiful collection of Degas, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh among others. As you enter the museum you will experience a Rodin sculpture garden. If you need a break you can enjoy a snack in the rear garden. Recently, we... More 

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Pasadena, California
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I live in Pasadena since 2014, and drive past the museum on a daily basis. I can't believe I hadn't visited before. Simply: Amazing. I had the privilege of admiring Picasso lithograph exhibition before it closed. A unique experience. Also the impressionist collection is awesome. I will return many times. When visiting Pasadena you must go!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you step foot in this beautiful and rare museum, you'll feel as if you've been transported to France both in the atmosphere and the art work. It's a must see if you're in LA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Norton Simon Museum has a great collection of impressionist and other paintings and a beautiful restaurant/sculpture garden. We enjoyed the small Van Gogh exhibit very much.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The approach to the entrance contains many of Rodin's most famous bronzes. inside, one of the best collections of Degas works. Amazing display of post-war Picasso lithographs on display, giving a window into his process and experimentation. The outdoor cafe is charming.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Norton Simon Museum is one of those small gems not to be missed. An eclectic, but fine collection of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, it is set against the backdrop of Monet’s garden at Giverny, reimagined and rich with 19th and 20th century sculptures. The lower galleries house South and Southeast Asian paintings and sculpture. Museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Norton Simon Museum is a perfect visit because it does not overwhelm with corridors of exhibits. Instead, it's a well-curated collection that will provide several hours of pleasure.

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