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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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pasadena trip simple and quick.
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  • It's open again! Not completely, but the masks and distancing the Norton Simon is open! The best part is, well, all of it. But the little cafe and the lovely sculpture garden are real pleasures...  more »
  • A fairly small, yet lovely museum to visit when in Pasadena. Interesting artworks and sculptures. They even have a nice garden and bar area in the back as well.  more »
  • A terrific selection of Impressionists, SE Asia (Hindu, Buddhist), and many others. So easy to get around and see what you want to see. A beautiful garden in the back. A must visit.  more »
  • Amazing museum! They have a soothing nice cafe in the back where you can have great drinks and snacks. It's an excellent place for escape and admire breathtaking artworks by the old masters. Security is very tight here and with good reason. They are protecting and preserving millions worth of artwork from legendary artists from centuries ago. However, they are a very friendly staff. This is indeed one of the best museums in the nation.
  • A wonderful way to spend a Saturday, as a member I’m constantly receiving updates on new events that are happening every month. These events could be opening of a new exhibit, a sketching class with an instructor, discount and sales on coffee table books or artist manifesto’s. It’s a very quiet museum, of course the impressionistic art is what most people go for, but I enjoy the more modern works. Take the time to walk outside and go around the little pond. The café outdoors has great seating, adequate wine for a good gossip session with your best friend.
  • Gorgeous museum with so many pieces to study, even the outdoor resting area is lovely to look at. I came here for my best friend's birthday back in January and there was so much to look at on the first floor that we didn't even have time to make it to the second floor before we had to leave for dinner plans. Would love to visit again! And they have student discounts, but none of us had to pay! Super cool!
  • Great museum. They're a bit strict about what you can touch this and that... but hey it's a museum... I liked it. I went with my boyfriend and we stayed and played chess after touring the museum. You could easily get lost here for four or five hours.
  • It was my first visit...The collection and the layout was impressive. Everything was well thought out. It is well worth a visit...loved it. The Norton Simon Museum is a small venue (say, compared to the Getty), however their exquisite collection of rare Japanese antiquities is a visual delight. Go during the week and you'll miss the crowds, and don't forget to enjoy fine dining in the local Pasadena area!

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