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Norton Simon Museum

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Address: 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
Phone Number: 626-449-6840
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11:00 am - 8:00 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
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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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the architecture of museum is awesome, no charge at parking place. we took two discounts for students and got an audio tour. the museum was a great experience for us because all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Calexico, California
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Calexico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the architecture of museum is awesome, no charge at parking place. we took two discounts for students and got an audio tour. the museum was a great experience for us because all the exhibitons are amazings. the garden is nice and the ninfas collection gave an special experience to your soul. la guía del audio Tour esta disponible en español,... More 

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot to be indoors on a beastly hot day. Fantastic pieces from many areas and eras. Stunning paintings and artifacts.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took family here on recent visit to Pasadena and glad we stopped by. Lived in Southern California for many years and don't think I had ever made it out to Norton Simon! I bought my 9 year old and she enjoyed it as well. We didn't tour the whole museum rather focused on impressionist and modern paintings and sculpture. They... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena has been thoughtfully reconstructed from the Pasadena Art Institute that was its genesis. The present collection and its organization give the visitor an art history education while showcasing some of the most iconic art pieces extant. The sections of the building are arranged chronologically so that one can start in the end of the... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last minute addition to our Socal plans, glad we made the decision. Beautifull facility with major collection of quality art- van goghs, degas,Rembrandt etc Helpful staff. Nice sculpture gardens around a monet pond

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Norton Simon is a little gem of a museum in Pasadena. They have a fantastic collection, and the building is small enough that you can see the whole thing in one go. There's a wonderful sculpture garden out back, arranged around a beautiful lily pond. It's quite tranquil, despite the fact that it's next to a major freeway. Museum store... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Norton Simon Museum was originally built in the 1970s as the Pasadena Art Museum and later acquired by industrialist Norton Simon to house his fine personal collection, as well as pieces from the original museum. The museum also hosts periodic excellent traveling exhibitions.

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La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited this museum a number of times during the last 3o years and each time I learn or discover something new. The museum space is used to its full potential. The displayed items are the best of each artist or the best of representative of a specific period in history. The staff is cordial and helpful. The cafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Simon is great. A wonderful collection of european art in a great environment and small enough that its doable in a visit. The Getty is so huge it takes multiple visits to scratch the surface whereas the Simon is contained. A fabulous museum. not to be missed

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Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great visit and a Must see; wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking. Wide array of contemporary paintings but I prefer Monet, Renoir, Manet etc. If your visiting Pasadena make this a MUST.

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