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“Just lovely!”

Norton Simon Museum
Ranked #1 of 61 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.
Bradenton, Florida
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Just lovely!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

A lovely museum that is in a relaxing, beautiful setting. LA can be garish at times, Norton Simon Museum is a quiet respite from all the noise and strife. I would recommend for families with children who are 12 and up. I didn't see any younger children on my visit but the museum may have hours/programs geared for that purpose. The security staff can be off putting at times but they do have tremendous responsibility. Staff at the reception areas are quite pleasant and personable. Sculpture garden is very beautiful!

Visited January 2014
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Glendale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful gallery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

A calm and beautiful art museum and gallery, in a relaxed environment. We liked the mixture of old and new, and the great overall presentation of the works of art.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Officious, heavy handed security...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is a gem of a museum, with a small, well formed collection. The sculpture garden features Henry Moore and Jacque Lipchitz in a lovely setting. I took my two sons (9,11), who have spent much time in museums. The security guards were continuously on top of them, warning us to "please stay away from the painting, the frame and the wall" and "please do not let your children walk in front of you". They had no intention of touching a painting and the boys had moved ahead of me to see something which interested them.

The message staff gave out was "everything here is too precious, stay away." I found this distressing, as I used to work for a museum; we have had many an enjoyable hour at the Louvre, the National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

I recommend the Huntington Library if you are in this neighborhood. The collection of paintings is limited to the 18th century, but the Library is fascinating, the grounds extensive - and the staff that works there delightful - helpful, informative and welcoming.

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A different visiting point for LA tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Compare to other LA visiting points, Norton Simon Museum do worth a trip. At lease the paintings and the bronzes will lighting your eyes (away from outlet and Disney world!)... Relax and have a coffee at the beautiful garden. (Personally, recommand the Degas collections.) Nevertheless, please don't except it is as rich as the National Museum in any Europe city. And there is a staff guarding the garden (don't know why), make you hardly take a good picture without having her in sight. :(

BTW, try to carry ONLY camera and money with you; they will ask you to check-in (and maybe search) the purses, backpack, etc... items you carried in the museum.

Visited July 2014
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Folsom, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Like a mini Louvre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Absolutely loved this place! We were there on a fairly busy day but never felt the crowds. The audio tours are amazing. Just a huge tip though. This was our first time at the museum and we started to the right of the main entry with the Renaissance artists. But we spent so much time in this area that we did not realize to the left of the main entry are the more "contemporary" artists of Picasso, Monet, Degas, etc. We spent hours there and missed out on this except for a quick walk through. Next time we will do the audio tours for this section. Don't miss this place!

Visited June 2014
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