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Norton Simon Museum

411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
+1 626-449-6840
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Great art easy to view

We arrived around 1pm on a Wednesday. Parking is free and ample. Entrance for seniors is $9 so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Burnie D
Anaheim, California
A Small Museum with a Big Soul

The Norton Simon Museum is a treasure hidden in Pasadena. Compared to the Getty, both of them, the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pasadena, California
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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 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 3 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing museum. The collection is excellent, the building spacious and the setting is ideal. It is a gem of Pasadena. Easy parking too.

Thank WanderingOso
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I became a member because my son is an avid chess player & now through September there are chess matches in the garden on Saturday evenings. The garden setting is beautiful; there is happy hour on Saturday evenings and I have the opportunity to relax...More

Thank Dr_Svoboda
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From pre-Renaissance to modern, this easy-to-explore museum offers a range of interesting paintings and sculptures. My favorite is the Impressionists. Lovely Degas sculptures and paintings, Cezannes, and van Goghs are easy to see and linger over.

Thank AshleyB63
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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