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Norton Simon Museum Pasadena

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Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Blvd
Pasadena
CA
91105
Tel: 626.449.6840

Where are we going today?

If your family loves art, or loves to be inspired, then it's worth a visit to the Norton Simon Museum. This Pasadena art museum is known as one of the world's most incredible private art collections ever assembled - so let's get inspired!

Norton Simon was an industrialist that lived in the 20th century, and over his lifetime he collected an incredible amount of art. He had pieces from Renaissance Europe, and he had modern art from the 20th century.

He also had some incredible pieces from Asia that spanned over 2,000 years! Even the younger kids will know some of the artist names, including Van Gogh and Raphael.

Now, you can see his collection at the Norton Simon Museum, with over 1,000 works alone in the permanent collection! There are a number of galleries that hold all of the art, as well as a sculpture garden.

Within the exhibition space, there are also two temporary exhibits so you can always see something new on your visit. 

It's not just paintings within the art collection either. There are prints, photographs, sculptures and even tapestries that the kids can admire. The museum is more suited to the older kids, where they can really appreciate the techniques and the colors used by some of the greatest artists in the world. 

Particularly great for those kids interested in art, or who study art, this Pasadena collection certainly lives up to it's name as one of the best in the world!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • ChildrenFree
  • Free Under: 18 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

12pm - 5pm Mon, Wed & Thurs / 11am - 8pm Fri & Sat / 11am - 5pm Sun

Closed Tuesdays, Rose Parade Day, Thanksgiving and Dec 25

Teachers corner

They have free 60 minute tours on Saturdays at 1pm, as well as the first Friday of the month at 6pm and 7pm, an the last Sunday at 1pm. They also have family days on Saturday afternoons, family art nights and workshops. Of course, school groups are welcome too with teacher-guided visits for K-12. .

I'm Hungry!

The Garden Cafe is the best place to enjoy a lunch or a snacks, with fresh salads, sandwiches and baked goods.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe has plenty of healthy food options, as well as bottled water.

Any Top Tips?

Admission is FREE for everyone the first Friday of the money from 5pm - 8pm. .

Need a little extra help?

The museum welcomes everyone, including those with any disabilities. There is accessible parking, and there are a limited number of wheelchairs available on a first come basis. There is also assisted listening devices in the theater. .

More information

The sculpture garden is open all year round, however during heavy rains it may close for several days.

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    While the displayed collection at NSM is small there is a great variety. On the day of my visit I went right after work, which was great change of environment. Using my student ID, I was able to get free admission. But, I had to rush a bit through the galleries and take a quick stroll through the botanical garden as they close at 6pm. The basement floor has changing exhibit and on this occasion, they had an exhibit on printmaking in America - quite informative. Their gift shop is small, but they have a good collection of prints. I got a couple...Read More

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    This is, hands down, the best museum in the LA area. It has such a wide array of phenomenal art pieces in such a gorgeous complex. The building and grounds are spectacular. Eating in the outdoor cafe in the Japanese garden is really a lovely experience. I can't wait to go back!

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    Honestly one of my favorite places to take my nieces and nephews. Very kid friendly and obviously awesome. They have awesome pieces. Lots of fun there.

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    A beautiful but small museum. Has a wonderful outdoor area with a large pond and sculpture garden. They do have several paintings from "celebrity" artists like Rembrandt, Picasso, and Van Gogh. Free if you have student ID. They also have a private parking lot with ample space.

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    If you're ever in the Pasadena area you need to check out the Norton Simon Museum. This museum may be on the smaller side, but it contains works of art from the 14th to 19th centuries by famous European artists like Rembrandt, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezzane, and many more. You will also find Asian and Indian art, historical items of interest, as well as a sculpture garden.

    This is the prefect place to start your afternoon. It's conveniently located near the 110 freeway on Colorado Blvd and a few blocks from Downtown Pasadena, which is complete with...Read More

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by Jeannette G.

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While the displayed collection at NSM is small there is a great variety. On the day of my visit I went right after work, which was great change of environment. Using my student ID, I was able to get free admission. But, I had to rush a bit through the galleries and take a quick stroll through the botanical garden as they close at 6pm. The basement floor has changing exhibit and on this occasion, they had an exhibit on printmaking in America - quite informative. Their gift shop is small, but they have a good collection of prints. I got a couple of 8x11 for only $3.50 each, which is not bad because other museums have the same for $6.

by David Gardiner

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If you're ever in the Pasadena area you need to check out the Norton Simon Museum. This museum may be on the smaller side, but it contains works of art from the 14th to 19th centuries by famous European artists like Rembrandt, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezzane, and many more. You will also find Asian and Indian art, historical items of interest, as well as a sculpture garden.

This is the prefect place to start your afternoon. It's conveniently located near the 110 freeway on Colorado Blvd and a few blocks from Downtown Pasadena, which is complete with many shops and great restaurants. I highly recommend a visit to this special museum, which is undoubtedly one of LA's secret gems.

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