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Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

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Norton Simon Museum features collections of European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries from the Renaissance period to the 20th century, and Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints spanning 2,000 years. You'll have the chance to see works of di Paolo, Zurbarán, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Picasso. Browse through world-renowned pieces from the Indian subcontinent and south-eastern Asia, and view selected works from Afghanistan, China, and Japan as well. You can also visit the garden with a pond featuring various sculptures, or watch some of the films, lectures, and performances at the museum's theater. Take an online audio tour of the site, or reserve a private guided tour. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Norton Simon Museum by using our Pasadena travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Great museum with fantastic Impressionist art and a nice rotating collection of Old Masters. Sculpture garden is fun and there's a nice cafe. Easy access from Old Town Pasadena.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great collection. No crowds, beautiful art, easy access. Its a great few hours for anyone interested in the arts.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    If you are a fan of Degas, Monet, Manet, Renoir, etc., you will enjoy this museum's collection. Make sure to stroll through the beautiful sculpture garden and catch the 20-minute Gregory Peck-narrated...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    Ten stars if possible. Great museum with paintings and sculptures from the Great Masters. This museum houses some of the greatest artworks of mankind and is a pleasure to visit. There are also outside sculpture gardens and a pond that make the experience even more great. Do not miss the ancient Asian exhibit or the special exhibits on the lower level. Plenty of on site parking, low entry cost, and ease of freeway access makes this a perfect stop for the art enthusiast and traveler. Special thanks to the staff member that found my camera case that had dropped out of my pocket and then searched for me to return it. Super clean bathrooms, helpful people at each exhibit, and security that rivals Fort Knox make this museum a good visit. Be sure to allow two to four hours or more, and be sure to bring your camera {NON-Flash photography is allowed}.
  • June 30, 2017
    Norton Simon Museum is an aesthetically pleasing museum. My mother, wife and I had a great time. The attendant was considerate, the admission was free for students, the eclectic collection of art was inspiring. I would recommend visiting this museum. After the museum, we dined and walked around Downtown Pasadena.
  • June 18, 2017
    Large permanent collection occupies most the gallery space. Outdoor sculptures decorate the grounds. Pleasant setting for the outdoor Garden Cafe. Diverse shopping in the museum store. Loved the complete Impressionist paintings including Van Gogh works. Would have enjoyed the artworks more if not for the protective glass!
  • July 2, 2017
    Perfect size for a museum Great art. Today did sections on 20th century. Beautiful sculptures. Not overly crowded.
  • May 23, 2017
    Splendid collection, on par with that of much larger museums in particular niche areas - for example they have a remarkable collection of Chola bronzes from South India in the basement. The museum is well organized, the descriptions of the items often well written, and there are garden areas with sculptures which are very pleasant on both ground and basement levels. The parking lot is spacious and makes a visit easy.

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