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 ... view moreWas this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
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- The Norton Simon Museum display s one of the world s finest collections of European, American and Asian art. Regular exhibitions from the museum s permanent collection, lectures and many other events are regularly scheduled. The museum s permanent collection spans more than 2,000 years and includes such well-known artists as Goya and Picasso. The museum is house in a unique building originally designed by architects Ladd & Kelsey in 1969. Recent updates and remodeling were completed by Frank O. Gehry & Associates. The Norton Simon Museum is located in Pasadena, Calif.
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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 ... view moreWas this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
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.Was this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
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 collec... view moreWas this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
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.Was this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
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.Was this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse