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Norton Simon Museum

411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
+1 626-449-6840
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Lovely, small museum

We needed a destination for Uber to get us to Pasadena, so picked this museum almost at random from... read more

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Memphis, Tennessee

This beautiful museum has a fantastic lay out with lots of natural lighting. The art ranges from... read more

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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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411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
+1 626-449-6840
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Reviewed yesterday

We needed a destination for Uber to get us to Pasadena, so picked this museum almost at random from a magazine in our hotel room. Since were dropped at the door, we opted to go in - and were glad we did. They have a...More

Thank huggio
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This beautiful museum has a fantastic lay out with lots of natural lighting. The art ranges from the Renaissance to contemporary and is of high quality. The sculpture garden is of a rare beauty. Downstairs there's another floor filled with asian art. The number of...More

Thank Wub67
Reviewed 2 days ago

Impressive variety of world class art including impressionists, Asian art and figures, a Botticelli, a Raphael, a Van Gogh (Irises) and Rembrandt. The gardens are somewhat small compared to the Getty. The oils are behind protective glass (!) and the guards are not very friendly;...More

Thank DocSag
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived around 1pm on a Wednesday. Parking is free and ample. Entrance for seniors is $9 so really a bargain. Great art displayed in a way it is easy to view. We paid $3 for the audio tour and it is worth the extra...More

Thank Burnie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Norton Simon Museum is a treasure hidden in Pasadena. Compared to the Getty, both of them, the Los Angeles County Museum, and most major museums, it is little. Perhaps “intimate” is a better word to describe its presence. To my mind, it has the...More

Thank bedellgeorge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went back for a visit this past weekend when it was 100+ degree. What a pleasant refuge and what a feast for my eyes. However, after two plus hours of European art, I could not translation over to the Asian collection. So I will...More

Thank sfeats
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an impressive art collection that the Norton Simon museum houses. It had been eighteen years since my last visit to the NS and oh my, I had forgotten what a wonderful and varied collection of art work the museum offers to the public. I...More

Thank Diane A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We we're staying with friends in Pasadena and found this place just down the street. Great art galleries, easy to wander around, good air conditioning, it was very hot outside, and a plethora of wonderful paintings and sculpture, a great way to spend a few...More

Thank Pbinla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum may be small, but packs a nice punch. The museum is very clean, very quiet and has a very pleasant staff. Restrooms are clean, the displays are well illuminated and spaced and you're able to sit or stand and actually enjoy the art....More

Thank DS9MW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic small museum with European and Asian art. Saw some Van Gogh paintings we'd never seen, even in huge traveling exhibits. The garden is charming. Amazingly, our art-loving friends from L.A. have lived there for 5 years and had never gone here, and they also...More

Thank jerseyjazz
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Monday - 12 pm - 5 pm Tuesday - Closed Wednesday 12 pm - 5 pm Thursday 12 pm - 5 pm Friday 11 am - 8 pm Saturday 11 am - 8 pm Sunday 11 am - 8 pm
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Response from Stuart L | Reviewed this property |
Also - don't miss the Huntington Gardens and museums just down the road