Norton Simon Museum Of Art

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  • 411 W Colorado Blvd

    Pasadena, CA 91105

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  • 626-449-6840

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Sun 11am-5pm, Mon 12pm-5pm, Wed-Thu 12pm-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm

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I like the Norton Simon Museum because they have a super collection of rotating displays as well as permanent ones. It's a small enough museum that you can see it all in one day, unlike the really big ones like the Met in NY. Really nice Japanese art exhibit and I love the impressionist paintings- can't beat the masters. I think it's also good to get kids going to museums early so they learn to appreciate them.

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I like the Norton Simon Museum because they have a super collection of rotating displays as well as permanent ones. It's a small enough museum that you can see it all in one day, unlike the really big ones like the Met in NY. Really nice Japanese art exhibit and I love the impressionist paintings- can't beat the masters. I think it's also good to get kids going to museums early so they learn to appreciate them.

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Terrible staff. If you feel like being watched like a terrorist at a white house dinner then you'll feel at home at the Norton Simon.

I can understand the constant need to protect the art but there is so much security standing around that they themselves are almost an entire art-form on exhibit.

The employee at the front desk was also extremely passive aggressive and rude. I was asked to tuck in my wallet chain. This is ridiculous... why would this be an issue. That chain is there because it's my only safety against my wallet being stolen. It is not obscenely long or noisy. But I complied as I needed to visit the museum for a school project. I also walked back to the same desk and grabbed a museum guide nearly 30 seconds after my chain removal/tucking in command. The same person who irritated me on my clothing did not bother to tell me I had grabbed the French guide... while he was 100% fixated on my actions. He even went as far as to murmur "oh, yea, here are the guides". A very disrespectful employee.

Most of the museum staff is passive but you get that feeling of not being welcome too often throughout your stay. Maybe I just look threatening but I cant imagine why. I've heard the same comments about the 4th Reich-ish staff from professors so I'm sure its not just me.

As for the contents of the museum: great pieces throughout, definitely worth a visit. Students get in for free with an ID card so if you're not a student and still have your old ID card go ahead and dig it up. The museum is definitely not short on cash as they seem to have more security than visitors. So feel free to walk in for free, so long as you went to school, at some point in your life. You're clearly not hurting their finances by not buying the $10 entrance fee. Also, dont eat at the cafe, overpriced.

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Terrible staff. If you feel like being watched like a terrorist at a white house dinner then you'll feel at home at the Norton Simon.

I can understand the constant need to protect the art but there is so much security standing around that they themselves are almost an entire art-form on exhibit.

The employee at the front desk was also extremely passive aggressive and rude. I was asked to tuck in my wallet chain. This is ridiculous... why would this be an issue. That chain is there because it's my only safety against my wallet being stolen. It is not obscenely long or noisy. But I complied as I needed to visit the museum for a school project. I also walked back to the same desk and grabbed a museum guide nearly 30 seconds after my chain removal/tucking in command. The same person who irritated me on my clothing did not bother to tell me I had grabbed the French guide... while he was 100% fixated on my actions. He even went as far as to murmur "oh, yea, here are the guides". A very disrespectful employee.

Most of the museum staff is passive but you get that feeling of not being welcome too often throughout your stay. Maybe I just look threatening but I cant imagine why. I've heard the same comments about the 4th Reich-ish staff from professors so I'm sure its not just me.

As for the contents of the museum: great pieces throughout, definitely worth a visit. Students get in for free with an ID card so if you're not a student and still have your old ID card go ahead and dig it up. The museum is definitely not short on cash as they seem to have more security than visitors. So feel free to walk in for free, so long as you went to school, at some point in your life. You're clearly not hurting their finances by not buying the $10 entrance fee. Also, dont eat at the cafe, overpriced.

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Wonderful gem of a museum, founded by the industrialist and marketing genius who made his millions running Hunt's Foods. He had been amassing his own private art collection for years and then in the early 1970's took control of the struggling Pasadena Museum of Modern Art. He brought in his own collection and renamed the museum after himself.
Don't know why the Getty gets all the attention -- this little museum has an amazing collection of Impressionist, Old Masters, and East Asian art.
On Colorado Blvd. just east of Orange Grove Blvd. If you watch the Rose Parade on TV on January 1st, you have probably seen the exterior of this building.

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Wonderful gem of a museum, founded by the industrialist and marketing genius who made his millions running Hunt's Foods. He had been amassing his own private art collection for years and then in the early 1970's took control of the struggling Pasadena Museum of Modern Art. He brought in his own collection and renamed the museum after himself.
Don't know why the Getty gets all the attention -- this little museum has an amazing collection of Impressionist, Old Masters, and East Asian art.
On Colorado Blvd. just east of Orange Grove Blvd. If you watch the Rose Parade on TV on January 1st, you have probably seen the exterior of this building.

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The art of Norton museum is well known so no point in my further elaborating on it. Get the audio guide for $3 as some labels are not extensive. The indoor garden and sculpture garden is small but pretty. Tip for budget travelers is diagonally across from museum on Colorado St is Ralph??s grocery store, which sells sandwiches for $6-8 and many salads besides all regular groceries and fruits. They have iron chairs and table in front patio so decent place to get inexpensive lunch; much cheaper than museum caf and better food selection.

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The art of Norton museum is well known so no point in my further elaborating on it. Get the audio guide for $3 as some labels are not extensive. The indoor garden and sculpture garden is small but pretty. Tip for budget travelers is diagonally across from museum on Colorado St is Ralph??s grocery store, which sells sandwiches for $6-8 and many salads besides all regular groceries and fruits. They have iron chairs and table in front patio so decent place to get inexpensive lunch; much cheaper than museum caf and better food selection.

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The art of Norton museum is well known so no point in my further elaborating on it. Get the audio guide for $3 as some labels are not extensive. The indoor garden and sculpture garden is small but pretty. Tip for budget travelers is diagonally across from museum on Colorado St is Ralph??s grocery store, which sells sandwiches for $6-8 and many salads besides all regular groceries and fruits. They have iron chairs and table in front patio so decent place to get inexpensive lunch; much cheaper than museum caf and better food selection.

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The art of Norton museum is well known so no point in my further elaborating on it. Get the audio guide for $3 as some labels are not extensive. The indoor garden and sculpture garden is small but pretty. Tip for budget travelers is diagonally across from museum on Colorado St is Ralph??s grocery store, which sells sandwiches for $6-8 and many salads besides all regular groceries and fruits. They have iron chairs and table in front patio so decent place to get inexpensive lunch; much cheaper than museum caf and better food selection.

Pros: Excellent art

Cons: Opens at noon

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This is a great place to go on the weekend. They have a nice collection of art work, the museum itself is beautiful, not too big.

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This is a great place to go on the weekend. They have a nice collection of art work, the museum itself is beautiful, not too big.

Pros: Great Art

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The Norton Simon isn't the largest museum I've ever visited, but it does house some of my favorite pieces -- from the the ballet dancers of Degas to the Renaissance views of Venice's Piazza San Marco by Canaletto. There's always an interesting "visiting" show to view. I recommend visiting the museum early on the weekend...afternoons get rather busy. During the week it's packed with school children. If you're a museum "stroller" like me, you might not appreciate their "enthusiasm". You can usually get through the entire museum in a couple of hours (again...if you're a "stroller") and then have a late lunch/early dinner in Old Town Pasadena. If you're a Westsider...make a day of it and drive out to the Pasadena for some culture with shopping and dining just steps away. You won't regret it.

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The Norton Simon isn't the largest museum I've ever visited, but it does house some of my favorite pieces -- from the the ballet dancers of Degas to the Renaissance views of Venice's Piazza San Marco by Canaletto. There's always an interesting "visiting" show to view. I recommend visiting the museum early on the weekend...afternoons get rather busy. During the week it's packed with school children. If you're a museum "stroller" like me, you might not appreciate their "enthusiasm". You can usually get through the entire museum in a couple of hours (again...if you're a "stroller") and then have a late lunch/early dinner in Old Town Pasadena. If you're a Westsider...make a day of it and drive out to the Pasadena for some culture with shopping and dining just steps away. You won't regret it.

Pros: Close to Old Town Pasadena

Cons: Parking can be crowded on a busy day.

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On the edge of Pasadena, this museum offers incredible history and quality. It has a great variety of exhibits, Van Gogh, Degas, etc and is a really nice size. The museum is actually fairly small but you can still take a few hours time perusing the art. It's one of my favorite art museums. Once you're done visiting you can pop down the street to Old Pasadena to help round out the experience for the day.

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On the edge of Pasadena, this museum offers incredible history and quality. It has a great variety of exhibits, Van Gogh, Degas, etc and is a really nice size. The museum is actually fairly small but you can still take a few hours time perusing the art. It's one of my favorite art museums. Once you're done visiting you can pop down the street to Old Pasadena to help round out the experience for the day.

Pros: Quality of Art, Variety, Parking

Cons: None

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This museum is a very popular museum in Los Angeles. The museum has a huge collection of famous artwork from throughout the world. Much of the mUseum concentrates in the finest European art in the world. There is a collection of Van Gogh paintings, including one of his self-portraits.

There is usually one exhibit that is constantly changing; however, all the artwork housed is simply extraordinary.

The museum has free parking and students go for free if you show a proper id.

The more well-known museum in Los Angeles is the Getty Museum but the Norton Simon is one of the best.

Please visit! You should not miss this!

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This museum is a very popular museum in Los Angeles. The museum has a huge collection of famous artwork from throughout the world. Much of the mUseum concentrates in the finest European art in the world. There is a collection of Van Gogh paintings, including one of his self-portraits.

There is usually one exhibit that is constantly changing; however, all the artwork housed is simply extraordinary.

The museum has free parking and students go for free if you show a proper id.

The more well-known museum in Los Angeles is the Getty Museum but the Norton Simon is one of the best.

Please visit! You should not miss this!

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The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is known for it's private collections of art from various parts of the world such as Europe, America, and Asia. They have different art pieces and exhibits such as sculptures and paintings.

Right now they have exhibits such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Japanese Woodblock prints.

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The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is known for it's private collections of art from various parts of the world such as Europe, America, and Asia. They have different art pieces and exhibits such as sculptures and paintings.

Right now they have exhibits such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Japanese Woodblock prints.

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I went to Norton Simon Museum a couple of times already but mostly for a school assignment. However, each time I have been there I still admire all the great paintings and sculpture. My favorite paintings are those with Jesus and the 12 apostles theme. I never tire of admiring the symbolism and the interpretations I could get out of the paintings. If you are a student and have a valid ID, you can get in free.

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I went to Norton Simon Museum a couple of times already but mostly for a school assignment. However, each time I have been there I still admire all the great paintings and sculpture. My favorite paintings are those with Jesus and the 12 apostles theme. I never tire of admiring the symbolism and the interpretations I could get out of the paintings. If you are a student and have a valid ID, you can get in free.

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I really enjoy art museums, and I recently visited this one for the first time. This museum has a very nice collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and other forms of art. They have alot of European pieces, but also some American and Asian, ranging from the 14th century to current times. They do guided tours of exhibitions, have family programs so you can bring the kids, and they also have art-related films. They also have free admission in the evening on the first Friday of each month, which is cool.

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I really enjoy art museums, and I recently visited this one for the first time. This museum has a very nice collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and other forms of art. They have alot of European pieces, but also some American and Asian, ranging from the 14th century to current times. They do guided tours of exhibitions, have family programs so you can bring the kids, and they also have art-related films. They also have free admission in the evening on the first Friday of each month, which is cool.

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This art museum is perfect for parents wanting their kids to experience great art in a relaxed setting. It has a collection full of important masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens, Monet, Picasso , Asian art, and some 20th century pieces that children will find interesting, if not downright funny.
Part of the renovation is a huge and wonderful sculpture garden, the Museum Bookshop is full of children's books and art supplies; it's a great place for unusual gifts and stocking stuffers.

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This art museum is perfect for parents wanting their kids to experience great art in a relaxed setting. It has a collection full of important masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens, Monet, Picasso , Asian art, and some 20th century pieces that children will find interesting, if not downright funny.
Part of the renovation is a huge and wonderful sculpture garden, the Museum Bookshop is full of children's books and art supplies; it's a great place for unusual gifts and stocking stuffers.

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This is such a lovely museum-- and it is not so grand in size so as to be overwhelming. You really can spend one day here and see everything. They have an incredible selection of Degas-- paintings, chalks and statues, but my favorite pieces are the Modigliani (of his wife, who commited suicide upon his death, even tho pregnant with his child, as she couldn't bear to imagine life without him), Picasso's Woman with Book, which is just divine, and a Kandinsky which literally seems to orbit off the wall if you look long enough. (Sigh!)

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This is such a lovely museum-- and it is not so grand in size so as to be overwhelming. You really can spend one day here and see everything. They have an incredible selection of Degas-- paintings, chalks and statues, but my favorite pieces are the Modigliani (of his wife, who commited suicide upon his death, even tho pregnant with his child, as she couldn't bear to imagine life without him), Picasso's Woman with Book, which is just divine, and a Kandinsky which literally seems to orbit off the wall if you look long enough. (Sigh!)

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Although this museum is housed in an ordinary facility and not as well known as the Getty Museum, the Norton Simon has much better art. They have many famous artists' works displayed, including those by Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Degas, just to name a few. They also offer special exhibits throughout the year that are very cool. One of my favorite museums in the US!

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Although this museum is housed in an ordinary facility and not as well known as the Getty Museum, the Norton Simon has much better art. They have many famous artists' works displayed, including those by Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Degas, just to name a few. They also offer special exhibits throughout the year that are very cool. One of my favorite museums in the US!

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This is a relatively small museum, so it's easy on your feet and knees! This is the building with the big rose on it during the Rose Parade, also. They have lots of interesting art here...especially good for art critics/lovers.

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This is a relatively small museum, so it's easy on your feet and knees! This is the building with the big rose on it during the Rose Parade, also. They have lots of interesting art here...especially good for art critics/lovers.

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This place is fabulous. I went on a whim with some family in town and was so glad that I did. First of all and most importantly it is the perfect size. If you're like me and you've been to a world-class widely popular museum and felt the urge to run just out of sheer overload, this museum is for you. There is plenty to see and the quality is amazing. They usually have some sort of temporary exhibit. When I was there, it was a collection of art collages. Also, from what I can recall it was fairly reasonable price wise and great for older people that have trouble walking around large expanses and steps, like at the Getty.

PROS: the size & the art
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This place is fabulous. I went on a whim with some family in town and was so glad that I did. First of all and most importantly it is the perfect size. If you're like me and you've been to a world-class widely popular museum and felt the urge to run just out of sheer overload, this museum is for you. There is plenty to see and the quality is amazing. They usually have some sort of temporary exhibit. When I was there, it was a collection of art collages. Also, from what I can recall it was fairly reasonable price wise and great for older people that have trouble walking around large expanses and steps, like at the Getty.

PROS: the size & the art
CONS:

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The Norton Simon houses a lot the finest European art, and (I think) puts the Getty to shame. To avoid the crowd, skip saturday morning through afternoon, when deep thoughts are interrupted by the hustle and bussle of groups passing by.

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The Norton Simon houses a lot the finest European art, and (I think) puts the Getty to shame. To avoid the crowd, skip saturday morning through afternoon, when deep thoughts are interrupted by the hustle and bussle of groups passing by.

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we liked it a lot, the collection of painting is great, a lot of European paintings. The garden is so neat in the back and the bookstore sells art book for cheaper prices than anywhere else in LA. The stock is superb with books on artists in the museum's collection.

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we liked it a lot, the collection of painting is great, a lot of European paintings. The garden is so neat in the back and the bookstore sells art book for cheaper prices than anywhere else in LA. The stock is superb with books on artists in the museum's collection.

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The Norton Simon is top notch! If you live in LA, you probably already know about the Getty Center and LACMA but I suggest you check the Norton SImon out! It's got all types of art, especially Impressionists and early 20th century stuff. The grounds are exquisite, the staff is friendly, and I highly recommend you get the headset. It's worth the extra money. Students get in for free with IDs. In the middle of Pasadena bustle, the Norton Simon is a nice getaway! Located on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado.

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The Norton Simon is top notch! If you live in LA, you probably already know about the Getty Center and LACMA but I suggest you check the Norton SImon out! It's got all types of art, especially Impressionists and early 20th century stuff. The grounds are exquisite, the staff is friendly, and I highly recommend you get the headset. It's worth the extra money. Students get in for free with IDs. In the middle of Pasadena bustle, the Norton Simon is a nice getaway! Located on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado.

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The Norton Simon has many wonderful works of art, but I love the impressionist collection. It's filled with works by Degas, Van Gogh, Fantin-Latour, Gauguin, Czanne and more. Posters/pictures never do these works of art justice. They need to be seen in person. If you want to just rest and breathe in nature, sit for a spell in the water lilly garden. The museum may be small, but the collection is good and the rotating exhibitions are always enjoyable.

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The Norton Simon has many wonderful works of art, but I love the impressionist collection. It's filled with works by Degas, Van Gogh, Fantin-Latour, Gauguin, Czanne and more. Posters/pictures never do these works of art justice. They need to be seen in person. If you want to just rest and breathe in nature, sit for a spell in the water lilly garden. The museum may be small, but the collection is good and the rotating exhibitions are always enjoyable.

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I enjoyed the current art exhibit they were showing and the gardens were enjoyable as well. Conveniently located near Old Town Pasadena - great place to take a date and then go for coffee in Old Town afterwards.

PROS: Good art collection, rotating exhibits
CONS: none

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I enjoyed the current art exhibit they were showing and the gardens were enjoyable as well. Conveniently located near Old Town Pasadena - great place to take a date and then go for coffee in Old Town afterwards.

PROS: Good art collection, rotating exhibits
CONS: none

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Come to this museum of art if you are in the Valley near Glendale. Other than the Getty, this is the only other museum that I have been to. It does cost money but has its own private exhibits and a nice exterior garden to chill and contemplate the world. I have been there and wanted to stay overnight because I was mesmorized, but their hours are until 6. Call to be sure. If you are a student you can get in for free. This is a nice place to stroll through with your date.

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Come to this museum of art if you are in the Valley near Glendale. Other than the Getty, this is the only other museum that I have been to. It does cost money but has its own private exhibits and a nice exterior garden to chill and contemplate the world. I have been there and wanted to stay overnight because I was mesmorized, but their hours are until 6. Call to be sure. If you are a student you can get in for free. This is a nice place to stroll through with your date.

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Came here last weekend with my son. Didn't think we'd last too long, but we both really enjoyed the ancient Indian sculpture on the lower level. Great Impressionist collection as well, if you like that sort of thing.

Good idea to get here early on a weekend or holiday. On a holiday (in the rain), we got there right at opening time and had no trouble parking, but by the time we left in mid-afternoon, there was a line of cars waiting for a spot.

PROS: Good Impressionist collection.
Well-displayed Indian sculpture
CONS: Small museum.

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Came here last weekend with my son. Didn't think we'd last too long, but we both really enjoyed the ancient Indian sculpture on the lower level. Great Impressionist collection as well, if you like that sort of thing.

Good idea to get here early on a weekend or holiday. On a holiday (in the rain), we got there right at opening time and had no trouble parking, but by the time we left in mid-afternoon, there was a line of cars waiting for a spot.

PROS: Good Impressionist collection.
Well-displayed Indian sculpture
CONS: Small museum.

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This is a top quality museum. I would rate it one of the best in Southern California. If you haven't been here you need to check out the permanent collection and the beautiful "zen" garden. This is very easy to get to in Pasadena and there is always plenty of parking. The museum is wide and open and there is plenty of viewing space. You never feel rushed or stared at by the guards. Beautiful collection of modern art and some ancient artifacts as well. Don't miss this museum.

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This is a top quality museum. I would rate it one of the best in Southern California. If you haven't been here you need to check out the permanent collection and the beautiful "zen" garden. This is very easy to get to in Pasadena and there is always plenty of parking. The museum is wide and open and there is plenty of viewing space. You never feel rushed or stared at by the guards. Beautiful collection of modern art and some ancient artifacts as well. Don't miss this museum.

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I have only been to this museum once but loved it. Free Parking, near freeways in Pasadena. This small museum is rather nice, quiet and elegant. Beautiful Gardens filled with Rodin sculpture and more. Small gift shop packed with cool books and stuff. I couldn't tear myself away from looking at the Degas Dancer statue in the museum so I wound up buying a small replica in gift shop to take home. Brought my sketchbook and would up sketching here and there, even sitting on floor near some artwork and no guards bothering me. Even let me use gel pens. MOCA wont allow anything but pencils!

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I have only been to this museum once but loved it. Free Parking, near freeways in Pasadena. This small museum is rather nice, quiet and elegant. Beautiful Gardens filled with Rodin sculpture and more. Small gift shop packed with cool books and stuff. I couldn't tear myself away from looking at the Degas Dancer statue in the museum so I wound up buying a small replica in gift shop to take home. Brought my sketchbook and would up sketching here and there, even sitting on floor near some artwork and no guards bothering me. Even let me use gel pens. MOCA wont allow anything but pencils!

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I really enjoyed the Norton Simon. It's a great little museum located near Old Town Pasadena. That have a variety of paintings, Degas and Van Gogh. They also had a wide selection of Asian statues. The sculpture garden is a nice place to sit outside and reflect. It's usually not very crowded and parking is free.

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I really enjoyed the Norton Simon. It's a great little museum located near Old Town Pasadena. That have a variety of paintings, Degas and Van Gogh. They also had a wide selection of Asian statues. The sculpture garden is a nice place to sit outside and reflect. It's usually not very crowded and parking is free.

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I've been here once. I had never really been to Pasadena before so I went on a "city tour" with my cousin. This is a really nice museum, especially for people who can only handle so much museum in one day. I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw and the outside patio area was great. It's a great place to get cultured and learn more about art.

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I've been here once. I had never really been to Pasadena before so I went on a "city tour" with my cousin. This is a really nice museum, especially for people who can only handle so much museum in one day. I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw and the outside patio area was great. It's a great place to get cultured and learn more about art.

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Wonderful museum with a beautiful permanant collection and one of the most relaxing gardens around. Lots and lots of Picasso, Degas, Monet and more. With spacious galleries for easy viewing and stations to sit and experience the art. One of my favorite all time museums.

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Wonderful museum with a beautiful permanant collection and one of the most relaxing gardens around. Lots and lots of Picasso, Degas, Monet and more. With spacious galleries for easy viewing and stations to sit and experience the art. One of my favorite all time museums.

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Wonderful museum. In the beautiful city of Pasadena with a gorgeous and tranquil setting. This museum houses one of the most enjoyable permanent collections from modern artists. The garden is a true delight and it's a perfect date spot or an educational adventure. It's a wonder that this museum isn't more busy, but it's a "real work of art".

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Wonderful museum. In the beautiful city of Pasadena with a gorgeous and tranquil setting. This museum houses one of the most enjoyable permanent collections from modern artists. The garden is a true delight and it's a perfect date spot or an educational adventure. It's a wonder that this museum isn't more busy, but it's a "real work of art".

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An eclectic mishmash of a museum with select pockets of world-class exhibits, right in the middle of Pasadena. The impressionist (especially the Degas) and ancient Indian displays stood out.

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An eclectic mishmash of a museum with select pockets of world-class exhibits, right in the middle of Pasadena. The impressionist (especially the Degas) and ancient Indian displays stood out.

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The Norton Simon has a great collection of permanent and changing art pieces. I really enjoy their sculptures and impressionistic art. They had an excellent collection of Japanese art i found quite fascinating. i like that you can enjoy the Norton Simonis a day's time and feel like you got to experience it all.

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The Norton Simon has a great collection of permanent and changing art pieces. I really enjoy their sculptures and impressionistic art. They had an excellent collection of Japanese art i found quite fascinating. i like that you can enjoy the Norton Simonis a day's time and feel like you got to experience it all.

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This is a great museum for a couple of hours. The Norton Simon doesn't have an overwhelmingly large collection, but it does have a good comprehensive spread of art, primarily Western European, but also compact Asian and African collections. Also, don',

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This is a great museum for a couple of hours. The Norton Simon doesn't have an overwhelmingly large collection, but it does have a good comprehensive spread of art, primarily Western European, but also compact Asian and African collections. Also, don',

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The Norton Simon Museum is one of those places if was dragged to as a kid...hated it...and delayed returning as an adult. Too bad. I went back a few years ago and realized what a gem we have here in Los Angeles.

One of few places in L.A. you can park for free and within easy walking distance of the attraction, the museum is easily accessible from major freeways. The locale is beautiful Pasadena, complete with gardens inside the core of the museum where reading, studying, and frolicking is permitted. There is even a Lily water garden...an homage to Van Gogh, perhaps?

Van Gogh, by the way, is the highlight of the gallery. Norton Simon features several of his works including a self-portrait that is stunning. You won't feel at all out of place if you spend an hour remarking at how Van Gogh in person is nothing like in the books (duh).

Several other well-known classics are on display as well as some modern pieces. I recommend the small cafe offering tea and goodies in a quiet, peaceful env

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The Norton Simon Museum is one of those places if was dragged to as a kid...hated it...and delayed returning as an adult. Too bad. I went back a few years ago and realized what a gem we have here in Los Angeles.

One of few places in L.A. you can park for free and within easy walking distance of the attraction, the museum is easily accessible from major freeways. The locale is beautiful Pasadena, complete with gardens inside the core of the museum where reading, studying, and frolicking is permitted. There is even a Lily water garden...an homage to Van Gogh, perhaps?

Van Gogh, by the way, is the highlight of the gallery. Norton Simon features several of his works including a self-portrait that is stunning. You won't feel at all out of place if you spend an hour remarking at how Van Gogh in person is nothing like in the books (duh).

Several other well-known classics are on display as well as some modern pieces. I recommend the small cafe offering tea and goodies in a quiet, peaceful env

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Nice place to visit on the weekend. They have a variety of lecture, musical and family events throughout the year. Free admission the first Friday of each month from 6pm - 9pm. www.nortonsimon.org

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Nice place to visit on the weekend. They have a variety of lecture, musical and family events throughout the year. Free admission the first Friday of each month from 6pm - 9pm. www.nortonsimon.org

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Please note that I'm neither an art major nor a die-hard enthusiast, but I do enjoy a trip to the museum now and then. I've always enjoyed the Norton Simon, which has an uber-friendly environment. The permanent collection includes some Van Gogh pieces and Degas sculptures, as well as many others. It lacks on exhibits, but has a warm atmosphere because of its smaller size. The base floor has an impressive Asian collection.

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Please note that I'm neither an art major nor a die-hard enthusiast, but I do enjoy a trip to the museum now and then. I've always enjoyed the Norton Simon, which has an uber-friendly environment. The permanent collection includes some Van Gogh pieces and Degas sculptures, as well as many others. It lacks on exhibits, but has a warm atmosphere because of its smaller size. The base floor has an impressive Asian collection.

Pros: good parking, uncrowded, helpful staff

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Excuisite showcase for artists such as Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Fragonard, and Gauguin. Very serene venue with helpful staff. For those who like more info on some of the works, take the self guided tour. It's a great way to spend the day with your kids. Parking is free, but a pain. Perfect location, close to old town pasadena. After your tour, try one of the many restaurants just down the street.

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Excuisite showcase for artists such as Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Fragonard, and Gauguin. Very serene venue with helpful staff. For those who like more info on some of the works, take the self guided tour. It's a great way to spend the day with your kids. Parking is free, but a pain. Perfect location, close to old town pasadena. After your tour, try one of the many restaurants just down the street.

Pros: Great Collection, Gallery, Self Guided Tour

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The art is extremely varied and eclectic, therefore a great place to take kids for an indoctrination into art. We took a couple of 9-10 year old grandkids there, and, instead of telling them what to see, let them lead the way. It was fascinating to watch them insinuate themselves (without adult instruction) into various pieces of art, as experienced from their perspective. We learned a lot about art that day.

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The art is extremely varied and eclectic, therefore a great place to take kids for an indoctrination into art. We took a couple of 9-10 year old grandkids there, and, instead of telling them what to see, let them lead the way. It was fascinating to watch them insinuate themselves (without adult instruction) into various pieces of art, as experienced from their perspective. We learned a lot about art that day.

Pros: variety of art, ambience, presentation

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great selection of Kandinsky and Modrian. comfortable and easy to see whole museum in a few hours.

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great selection of Kandinsky and Modrian. comfortable and easy to see whole museum in a few hours.

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Can anything match the tranquil beauty of the reproduction of Giverney gardens in the remodeled Norton Simon Museum? Stroll or sit in front of the reflecting pool and feel yourself become a part of a Claude Monet painting.

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Can anything match the tranquil beauty of the reproduction of Giverney gardens in the remodeled Norton Simon Museum? Stroll or sit in front of the reflecting pool and feel yourself become a part of a Claude Monet painting.

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If you enjoy art and have some free time please visit this museum! It's a wonderful place to spend the day.

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If you enjoy art and have some free time please visit this museum! It's a wonderful place to spend the day.

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A great place to fill up on a little art and culture. Not overcrowded and very welcoming with an excellent collection. Especially check out the Asian collection downstairs. A pleasant and accessible alternative to the sterile, unfriendly and uber-hip series of mostly-empty walls which is the Getty.

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A great place to fill up on a little art and culture. Not overcrowded and very welcoming with an excellent collection. Especially check out the Asian collection downstairs. A pleasant and accessible alternative to the sterile, unfriendly and uber-hip series of mostly-empty walls which is the Getty.

Pros: accessible, great collection, relaxed atmosphere

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The Norton Simon is one of the best smaller museums in the country. Its peaceful, cool ambience is reminiscent of the Kimbell in Fort Worth. The idiosyncratic collection leaps gracefully from the Enlightenment to Southeast Asia. Frank Gehry's expansion of the space is an elegantly managed spiral while the garden is an oasis just a block or so from the 210.

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The Norton Simon is one of the best smaller museums in the country. Its peaceful, cool ambience is reminiscent of the Kimbell in Fort Worth. The idiosyncratic collection leaps gracefully from the Enlightenment to Southeast Asia. Frank Gehry's expansion of the space is an elegantly managed spiral while the garden is an oasis just a block or so from the 210.

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A gorgeous collection, beautifully hung and lit. Not what I expected for a Pasadena museum.!! Lot's of air, space and light. Nice museum shop as well. They also have concerts there in the very pretty garden. The NS is a must for all visitors to Pasadena!

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★★★★★

A gorgeous collection, beautifully hung and lit. Not what I expected for a Pasadena museum.!! Lot's of air, space and light. Nice museum shop as well. They also have concerts there in the very pretty garden. The NS is a must for all visitors to Pasadena!

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This is a superb museum, made all the better by its low-profile status which keeps it uncrowded, friendly and affordable. The southeast Asian collection is one of America's best. Often you can find yourself entirely alone here, walking through hallways filled with Buddhas, Shivas and other ancient sculptures. The crowning jewel of the museum, however, is the sculpture garden in back, centered around a small pond, and filled with beautiful trees and exquisite works, both ancient and contemporary.

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★★★★★

This is a superb museum, made all the better by its low-profile status which keeps it uncrowded, friendly and affordable. The southeast Asian collection is one of America's best. Often you can find yourself entirely alone here, walking through hallways filled with Buddhas, Shivas and other ancient sculptures. The crowning jewel of the museum, however, is the sculpture garden in back, centered around a small pond, and filled with beautiful trees and exquisite works, both ancient and contemporary.

Pros: Southeast Asian Art, Sculpture Garden

 

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