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“Beautiful collection”

Norton Simon Museum
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Pasadena
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

An extensive art collection in an impressive setting. Easy to wander through the galleries and see a history of European painting. In a smaller location it makes it easy to see it all with very impressive works from as early as the 1300’s to contemporary. Boticelli, Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh just to name a few. Beautiful sculptures in the garden by Rodin and Moore. Nice cafe overlooking the pond in the garden. Larger museums may be more complete, but can also be overwhelming. This was perfect.

Thank Dansker58
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

What a great museum, lots of excellent art from various periods. I enjoyed listening to commentary on my phone, the link is buried on their web page.

Thank RickandJan
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

I am hard-put to find a family member, friend, community member or anyone who has visited The Norton Simon Museum who does not love it! While millions of TV viewers observe the building from the outside every New Year's Day as Rose Parade floats turn the corner from Orange Grove Avenue to Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, most do not know that it is an amazing art museum housing the various collections of multi-millionaire art collector, Norton Simon; collections which span many historic periods. The museum is filled with treasures from numerous ancient statues and objects of art from Egypt and various Asian countries, to paintings of Rembrandt and Dutch Masters, to works of numbers of impressionistic artists including the Degas ballerina and female bather sculptures and paintings, to works of modern art. The outside surroundings of this museum are as beautiful and serene as those on the inside of the museum. Famous sculptors' works adorn the front entry area of the museum as well as the beautiful, quiet and serene lily pad pond and garden area at the rear of the museum. A small and lovely outdoor cafe is positioned in the lily pad pond sculpture garden area where one can not only enjoy hot and cold drinks, including wine and beer, lunch, snacks, and small bites but the beautiful natural surroundings; surroundings that provide one the feeling of being in a nature preserve oasis! While the museum does require entrance fees, my recollection is that there are child/student and senior reduced fees available. The museum offers entrance at no charge at least one day per month, and stays open late on a number of Friday evenings. It is important to check with the museum for special exhibits, entrance fee prices, days and times when there are no entrance charges each month, children's and adult's activities, classes, films, special tours and programs. I can guarantee that once you visit the Norton Simon Museum you will definitely want to make return visits!

Thank Judith H
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Wonderful gem in Pasadena! The collection has lots of great pieces (Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso, etc) and it is definitely worth the ticket (15$). First Friday of every month the entrance is free after 5:00PM. Parking is free as well. The place is peaceful and the gardens around are absolutely gorgeous. I love the way the interior flows into the gardens. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

This museum is so beautiful with the statues and ponds. You really need a few days to really absorb the beauty. Rembrandt was on loan from London and really interesting. Looking forward to the next visit.

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