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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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West Pasadena
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Museums, Places Of Interest, Tourist Information & Attractions
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Price Range : Average

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Posted: 9/5/2015

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One of my favorite museums in town. If you're a big fan of Impressionism, they have the best collection in the city. I love the Asian antiquities and its exhibit space, which is very quiet and solemn. Pretty pond in the courtyard.

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Posted: 5/7/2010

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Tip for budget travelers

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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am1975

Posted: 10/27/2008

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Wonderful Museum

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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anekab

Posted: 7/11/2007

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Simply a wonderful museum-going experience

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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csqamary

Posted: 5/2/2006

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What a Find!

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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hotpotatoe333

Posted: 9/22/2004

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manageable and always nice

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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ixel morena

Posted: 3/24/2003

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Degas and More

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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knopfile

Posted: 3/11/2003

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Take the kids

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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gnotu

Posted: 7/25/2002

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very modern

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

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drdbutler

Posted: 7/23/2002

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Monet Moments

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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