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Norton Simon Museum

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Address: 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
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The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most...

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.

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Great museum

Visited here many times and I should go back again soon! Lots of classic art to look at, the parking is kinda small but I never had a problem finding a spot.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited here many times and I should go back again soon! Lots of classic art to look at, the parking is kinda small but I never had a problem finding a spot.

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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Why did I wait over 10 years to revisit this lovely museum? Have no idea. So glad I went back. We started inside with the old masters, quickly moving through 6 centuries of paintings--from the 14th to the 19th--which while grand to some were mostly dark and grumpy to us. Different strokes and 31 flavors, ya know. Reaching the 20th... More 

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Walnut, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I arrived at 3:30 p.m., but left at 5:00 p.m. for a dinner reservation in Pasadena. We viewed the Rotari's Muses exhibit (through July 31, 2017), and the 17th & 18th Century galleries, plus part of the 19th Century Gallery. Very comfortable, spacious rooms; quiet and uncrowded while we were there.

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Livermore, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really good art museum. If you are interested in impressionists and other greats like Rembrandt this is a good place to go. Even my 9 year old who is studying these artists in school was impressed.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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, so shadows hide the top of each picture. Most museums have multiple spotlights farther away, to ensure the whole picture is lit. I also... More 

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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the MMA in NY. Very relaxed, uncrowded - definitely a must see museum when in LA.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely little museum in Pasadena holds an extensive collection of Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Cézan, Monet, Picasso,Rembrandt,Van Gogh and others. On the lower level of the museum is an excellent collection of sculpture from South and Southeast Asia spanning 2000 years. The smaller size of the museum makes for an intimate tour that can be completed in 1-2 hours. A... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've passed by here millions of times, and finally decided to check it out and I was thoroughly impressed. LACMA can be such a chore, and takes all day to not see much art. Norton Simon is small, and chock full of masters, without a lot of people. Shaded parking, important in Socal. Pleasant little garden, and located within walking... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing that this collection has such a great couple of pieces by so many famous painters/sculptures through so many genres, as well as excellent pieces from Southeast Asia. This is not an overwhelming museum where fatigue can set in. Instead it is very easy to see almost everything they have in 2- 21/2 hours and not feel rushed. Definitely an... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA is located not very far from Old Town Pasadena, where you can shop and stroll and enjoy tons of restaurants, etc. The museum offers free parking and has a small sculpture garden outside. Inside, there is a lot of interesting art work for you to take in. There's also a lower level, on... More 

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