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Norton Simon Museum

411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
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    Norton Simon MuseumThe Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period 20th-century 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.

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    The Norton Simon Museum is a somewhat smaller museum yet the quality is amazing. It is easy to spent just an hour or so and come away rewarded for the experience. They have a nice outdoor courtyard section too.

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    This is a really awesome museum! Why? Well first, there's FREE parking! Second, if you have a student ID, you can get in FREE also! FREE PARTY!

    The art is plentiful. There are lots of pieces of art from many different centuries. There's also the lower level where they have Asian/Southeast Asian art. The garden outside is really beautiful and a nice pond with gooses! There is a small little cafeteria/cafe type where you can grab some snacks if you're hungry.

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    This is a small jewel of an art museum. The collection includes European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and a sculpture garden displaying many works in a landscape setting around a large pond.

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    Great little gem here in Pasadena. I've lived in sgv all my life and finally made my first trip to the Norton Simon museum. I was surprised to see artworks from van Gogh, Picasso, and the likes. Who needs to go to Europe when a mini collection is ~10 miles away. The sculpture garden is beautiful too, it's quite small but lovely enough for a quick 5 min stroll. I'd definitely come back!

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    Beautiful museum located in Pasadena. Loved seeing spectacular paintings by Monet and Gauguin and pastels pieces by Degas. $10 for adults, free for students 285), and plenty of complimentary parking in their lot.

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    Norton Simon amassed an outstanding art collection including an extensive collection of Picasso and early twentieth century art which are now housed in the museum. In addition to his personal collections, the museum is a major repository for the artistic traditions of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. There is also a significant sculpture garden containing an outstanding collection of Rodin and Henry Moore sculptures.

    Something to look for: The color of the museum's exterior tiles change as the intensity of the sun reflects on them throughout the day.

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    Most people do not get to this gem in their LA travels, but it's really worth it if you are an art fan. It's not super large, but they have enough substantial pieces and interesting exhibits to warrant a trip. Great collection of Impressionist pieces and a sculpture garden that is a great place to sit in and enjoy a snack.

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    I visited the Norton Simon in December of last year. When I walked in, I could not believe that I have been missing out on this treasure for so many years! Being a fan of Edgar Degas I could not believe my eyes when I saw his "Froggy" Ballerina - he dabbled in to sculpture and obviously was not his forte, and so his ballerina stands on a pedestal in the middle of his show room, as if waiting for some one to pay a compliment.
    The architecture of this museum awakens the senses, even if you are not an art buff, walk strait from entrance , through lobby to the out side and there you have a gorgeous Asian inspired garden that makes one want to chant OHM! and meditate for hours. Price: $$

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    Close by and terrific.

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    A beautiful museum with excellent artwork.

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The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena offers the single largest collection of art assembled by one person. As an industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Simon (1907-1993) collected art from Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia along with 2,000 years of Hindu art. In 1942, the Pasadena Art Institute merged with the one year old Pasadena Museum of Art. In 1974, Norton began managing the museum, which took his name a year later. Additionally, the museum features European art from the 14th through 19th centuries as well as modern and contemporary art. Famous artists such as Rembrandt, Goya and Van Gogh have pieces in the museum.

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