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Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum
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The Norton Simon Museum is an art museum located in Pasadena, California, United States. It was previously known as the Pasadena Art Institute and … See more



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Jan 10, 2023
What an incredible hidden gem this museum is! I’ve lived here 12 years now and never knew it existed until this past weekend! I’ve traveled the world and been to almost all of the “major” art museums… Full review by TravelingMerm
Sep 28, 2022
We were able to visit this art gallery just prior to leaving Pasadena for our flight ✈️ from LAX to London. Has a great collection of Impressionist paintings and lovely Degas bronzes. The setting is … Full review by JJTR2011
Jul 16, 2022
This place is beautiful. The architecture and placement of the art creates a scene straight out of a movie. The exhibits contain pieces ranging from historical to abstract. If you want a calming plac… Full review by Nomad44638402422


Highly Regarded Internationally
The Norton Simon Museum collections include: European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and Sculpture gardens displaying many sculptors' work in a landscape setting around a large pond. The Museum contains the Norton Simon Theater which shows film programs daily, and hosts; lectures, symposia, and dance and musical performances the year-round. The museum is located along the route of the Tournament of Roses's Rose Parade, where its distinctive, brown tile-exterior can be seen in the background on television. The Norton Simon Museum, which comprises more than 11,000 objects, contains a significant permanent collection which is highly regarded internationally. Most of the art is on long-term loan from The Norton Simon Foundation and the Norton Simon Art Foundation. No more than 800 or 900 of those pieces are on display at any one time. The Museum also mounts temporary exhibitions that focus on a particular artist, an art movement or artistic period, or art that was created in a specific region or country. For more than three decades after it was founded in 1975, the Norton Simon Museum maintained a no-loans policy. In 2007 the board agreed to circulate select works to museums including the National Gallery in Washington, saying it wanted the museum to become better known. Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm; Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

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