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“A Small Museum with a Big Soul”

Norton Simon Museum
Ranked #1 of 66 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 7 September 2017

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 finest art collection on the west coast, or possibly in America.

It has an excellent Asian collection, and it contains extraordinary impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

Among the works I find most captivating are Rodin’s Burgers of Calais in all its august grandeur and the matter of fact and quiet eloquence of Zurbarán’s Still Life with Lemons, Oranges, and a Rose. Between these two, very different works of art, one can find a full range of human expression.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

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 be returning to see the sculpture garden and the Asian collection when I go back to Pasadena.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

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 was at the museum for four hours and did not get a chance to see all of the collections and to enjoy the beautiful statue garden. The entrance price is only $12, but the beauty of the art is worth millions!

Thank Diane A
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

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 hours, far from the madding crowd, and they sell beer.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

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.

The grounds are well kept and its a very relaxing atmosphere. Very calming.

Thank DS9MW
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