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Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 850 reviews on the web
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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  • It's just a 30 minute drive from Beverly Hills and what a gem this museum is. Surrounding a beautiful sculpture garden The Norton Simon houses one of the greatest collections of art. From Rothko to De...  read more »
  • I'm not huge on art museums, but I really enjoy this one. It's a good scale and has real diversity. Upstairs is all European art, downstairs is Hindu and Bhuddist art, quite a fantastic collection. Th...  read more »
  • So many great artists in a great setting. I live locally but have been back many times. Don't miss visiting Old Town Pasadena when your here. 
  • I am ashamed of Norton for displaying Nazi looted art that rightfully was owned, and illegally confiscated and the family has never been reimbursed. The works in question are The Adam and The Eve works. Shame ! Shame ! Shame ! on this museum for fighting the surviving family and refusing to give up the paintings..! Please people...think about this. This is a FACT, and if you will go to Snopes or Fact Check you will see how underhanded this is. Bill Goldstein Griffin, Ga.
  • Most beautiful museum in California. We enjoyed the walk through the Japanese garden and had an excellent coffee there - peaceful place with great art.
  • The Norton Simon Museum encompasses collections from: Asia including; paintings, wood block prints, tapestries and sculptures along with extensive pieces by European sculptures, painters, and tapestries designers. The Norton Simon has a sculpture garden displaying many sculptors' work in a beautiful manner around a large lily pond. The museum also contains the Norton Simon Theater. My wife and I are most fond of the Impressionists pieces available for you at the Norton Simon. The Garden Café is an excellent place to have a snack. Well worth the drive to Pasadena. Parking can be somewhat problematic as the Eastside lot fills up quickly on the weekends.
  • While the displayed collection at NSM is small there is a great variety. On the day of my visit I went right after work, which was great change of environment. Using my student ID, I was able to get free admission. But, I had to rush a bit through the galleries and take a quick stroll through the botanical garden as they close at 6pm. The basement floor has changing exhibit and on this occasion, they had an exhibit on printmaking in America - quite informative. Their gift shop is small, but they have a good collection of prints. I got a couple of 8x11 for only $3.50 each, which is not bad because other museums have the same for $6.
  • This is, hands down, the best museum in the LA area. It has such a wide array of phenomenal art pieces in such a gorgeous complex. The building and grounds are spectacular. Eating in the outdoor cafe in the Japanese garden is really a lovely experience. I can't wait to go back!
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