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Norton Simon Museum

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Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
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+1 626-449-6840
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Thu 12:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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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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Don't Miss This Gem at Any Cost

Packed full of priceless treasures. For a few dollars, one can see the world's finest artists from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. A feast of Impressionist and Post... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Packed full of priceless treasures. For a few dollars, one can see the world's finest artists from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. A feast of Impressionist and Post Impressionist works, especially those of Degas, Van Gogh, Manet and many others. Degas' 'Little Dancer' is always the high point for us....we go say hello to her every year. There are other... More 

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Altadena
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a local small museum with excellent Asian statuary, modern European and classical European collections

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Free parking, lovely grounds and nice art collection. So glad we made time for this during our trip. Only $12 admission fee for adults. In lovely Pasadena, no less. We especially loved the Asian exhibits. Too bad the outdoor sculpture garden was closed because they'd had too much rain.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The first Friday is free admission to go to this museum, but parking space is limited. You can see Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso.. so may more. You can view them in closed up without peeping through glass box. I really love this precious little museum and a lot of collections. You will not be disappointed.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have found my many visits to the Norton Simon to feel magical. It begins with the sculptured, grassy walk to the entrance and the surprise upon entering to see that the museum surrounds a wondrous outdoor sculpture garden with a lily pond. It is a haven - you'd never know the busy 210 is running by on the other... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing collection of artists. Well worth a visit. You can spend an hour or an afternoon there. Unfortunately they are not opened in the morning and only on limited days. Be sure to check their schedule.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum seems small but it has an incredibly important collection of art. It also offers concerts, food and a lovely garden. The docent led tours are exceptional. You should schedule a visit around one of these.

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Ozona, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went with another couple and spent several hours seeing some of the finest art on the west coast. It is week worth several hours of your time.

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hadn't been to the Norton Simon in years so I was glad to go back and see Rodin's Thinker on the lawn, the lovely gardens and the fabulous art - Van Gogh exhibit was there. This museum is very user friendly and easy to maneuver through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Norton Simon Museum has some really great pieces of art, but it is not overpowering and exhausting to visit because it is right sized. In a couple hours at a leisurely pace you can take in and appreciate everything, with maybe another hour to stroll through and absorb the sculpture garden. Absolutely worth the time and effort to visit.

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