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Norton Simon Museum
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Pasadena
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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.
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Fabulous art museum with outstanding collections. Spring for the $3 audio tour, and start to the left of the entrance with the 20th century.

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"sculpture garden"
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"van gogh"
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"european art"
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"rodin sculptures"
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"outdoor cafe"
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"great collection"
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"audio tour"
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"old masters"
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"art lovers"
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"works of art"
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"world class collection"
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"each piece"
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"dutch masters"
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"extensive collection"
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"lily pond"
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"lovely garden"
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"the lower level"
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is a fine museum with modern, soothing color schemes and well designed floor-plan.
They have an extensive collection of excellent Eastern artifacts. A lot of care is invested on
the staging and lighting to amplify the quality of the artifacts.
They allow photography! What a real treat! I had a field-day.
Outdoors they have copies of Rodin's sculptures. I will return some-time in day light to take photos soon. I saw the originals In Musee Rodin, Paris just last month.

Students with ID gets Free Admission here. Seniors $7. On the first Friday each month, admission is free from 6-9pm
They also have musical performance, Lectures in their theatre.
We just saw a Harp, Flute and Soprano ensemble tonight - no additional charge.
Check their web-site for updates and Go!

1  Thank 3Kells
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Terrific museum with lovely sculpture garden, as well (unfortunately the garden was near a highway so you heard lots of road noise although you did not see the highway). The exhibits contained several impressionist works of art that we do not expect to see in Pasadena: Van Gogh, Manet, Monet and others.

Thank RichardLBrown
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Over the past 10years my wife and I have probably visited the Norton Simon no fewer than 5 or 6 times. This is a collection that is forever new and interesting-- the number of Cezanne paintings alone would make it a destination, but there is so much more, the Dutch paintings, including several Rembrandt's too would justify any visit, not to mention the wonderful oriental sculpture collection on the lower floor. Give yourself at least 2 hours. An added benefit is the free parking, simply inviting you to visit.

Thank oborozuki
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

The Norton Simon Museum is a must stop if you are anywhere near Pasadena, CA! The collection of Impressionist artists is truly amazing, with a very good study of Degas. The museum is on the small side - but you would still need at least 4-5 hours to take really view the works both inside the museum and outside in the sculpture garden. And therein comes my 4 versus a 5 rating. The cost for adults is $10 per visit, not optional. The average person can spend about 2 hours max in a museum if you really want to digest the art. So you would ideally need 2-3 visits to really enjoy the Norton Simon - which would translate to $30 per adult over 18 years of age. A little pricey for someone on a travel budget when many museums are free or accept a voluntary donation. I was also a little off put by the "shushing" of people talking (normal voice) by the museum guards. Engaging and talking about the art in a museum is one way to gain different perspectives on a work of art, in other words expands your enjoyment and understanding. Even with the cost and ‘shush’ factors, I know I found a few new 'favorite works' to add to my list and would go back on my next visit to explore more!

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