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Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

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Art Museum
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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  • Pleasant time spent in this museum that offers, from the Renaissance to today, through Flemish and impressionistic, masters of remarkable masterpieces. The Museum has among other things, the unique painting of Raphael on the West Coast as well as a beautiful collection of Degas bronzes. Start or end up the garden and you will have to pleasantly busy afternoon.
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  • They have good art, and some excellent art, but the top inch or two of most pictures is hidden in shadow. The museum uses thick frames, with spotlights on the ceiling almost directly over the pictures...  more »
  • Overall, a great presentation of various works by European masters, but the Degas collection caught my eye. Many pieces by this famed impressionist - more than I've seen in any US gallery except maybe...  more »
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  • The Norton Simon is a famed museum and for good reason. It has a large and amazing collection of European and Southeast Asian art and works. There are also sculptures located outside the building and an amazingly beautiful garden and lily one. Definitely worth visiting. They take part in art walk and other events so if full price is beyond your means there are still ways to see the art for free or discounted,
  • I always enjoy conning here. This is sick a peaceful place to enjoy art. I love seeing the Vangogh Mulberry tree each time. The garden and cafe are terrific. Many mediums and eras on display. We became members!
  • Beautiful museum. I went with a school group where they did a tour before the museum opened to the public. The kids had fun and learned about appreciating art as well.
  • This is a small gallery but with a wide-ranging and deeply thoughtful collection, ranging from 14th to 20th century European art on one level, a separate level containing South and Southeast Asian art and a beautiful sculpture garden. I was caught up in the European art and did not make it to the Asian level in the time available to me. But the European art alone is worth making the time to visit. Interspersed among the collection are small and large masterpieces. I particularly appreciated seeing Rembrandt, Goya, Lippi, Cézanne, Pissarro, Picasso, Vuillard and among the sculptures, Giacometti and Hepworth. The entry to the gallery is a beautifully serene walkway, which sets the scene.
  • Most beautiful museum in California. We enjoyed the walk through the Japanese garden and had an excellent coffee there - peaceful place with great art.