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Norton Simon Museum

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Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone Number: 626-449-6840
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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
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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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A slice of fantastic , thus museum had a large stick of reviving art after living in Pasadena all my life I can tell you every time I visit something new is being displayed . What... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A slice of fantastic , thus museum had a large stick of reviving art after living in Pasadena all my life I can tell you every time I visit something new is being displayed . What a wonderful collection of the German Expressionists .. Paul Klee . Kandinsky , etc And The list goes on and on

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Temple City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I attended the Norton Simon Museum on a Sunday afternoon as a homework assignment. Anyone with an EBT card can attend free along with a photo ID. Parking is free. There is also a large garden outside to explore if time allows.

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Plan on several hours viewing all the incredible masterpieces. Almost overwhelming. Wonderful way to spend the day.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was curious to check out the museum because I've never been and after going to Europe and visiting their museums I needed to get my art fix. I live in Irvine so it was about an hour and ten minutes away. I went on a Monday afternoon and it was not very busy. Perfect for my visit. It is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Membership is 75.00 per year, and gets you in with a guest. Regular admission is 10 or 12 USD. Rembrandt's unfinished portrait, one of Picasso's self portraits, and several other very special pieces make it worth the visit. Presentation is incredibly familiar, you can get two feet away from these masterpieces, try doing that at the Louvre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You'll never be able to get this close to a Renoir in Paris or New York. Delightful if limited sandwich cafe in the Matisse garden. Brilliant Indian Art exhibition downstairs. Duchamp to Pop exhibition underscored local art history.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have lived in Pasadena for nearly 30 years and had only ventured into the Norton Simon a handful of times until we both retired. Now, with time on our hands and looking for things to do, we revisited the Norton Simon and were pleasantly surprised. From the outside, the building is a low, brown tiled 70's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a very nice collection of European art from the 14th through 19th centuries. There is a very extensive collection of work by Edgar Degas. There is also some modern and contemporary art, some of which is just stupid, but fortunately that doesn't make up the bulk of the museum. Outside there is a pleasant sculpture garden around a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous art in a peaceful setting. Plan to spend a few hours and include the cafe for lunch. Hours are short (12-5pmPST) and there is much to see. The gift shop is wonderful as well. The only negative is the overwhelming number of security folks who can be somewhat distracting/annoying. Also do not carry anything larger than a purse into... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You will not find an art museum comparable to the Met in NYC or the National Gallery in DC in a place like Pasadena. That said, the Norton Simon is definitely worthwhile. Our only negative is that the offerings in their café could be better. Suggest you lunch elsewhere.

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