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Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

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Norton Simon Museum features collections of European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries from the Renaissance period to the 20th century, and Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints spanning 2,000 years. You'll have the chance to see works of di Paolo, Zurbarán, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Picasso. Browse through world-renowned pieces from the Indian subcontinent and south-eastern Asia, and view selected works from Afghanistan, China, and Japan as well. You can also visit the garden with a pond featuring various sculptures, or watch some of the films, lectures, and performances at the museum's theater. Take an online audio tour of the site, or reserve a private guided tour. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pasadena trip simple and quick.
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  • My new favorite museum in LA!!!! I went on Monday morning. It was not crowded at all. The museum size made for a nice day trip without being exhausting. The outdoor area made me feel like i was sittin...  more »
  • Norton Simon Museum is easily reachable by bus in Pasadena or by metro from Los Angeles. Push the door of this museum that contains unknown European paintings: Degas, Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin and many others will have no secrets for you. You will discover the sculptures of Degas and the "bourgeois de Calais" will open the door of this beautiful Museum. Don't forget to visit the garden a little japonisant. Attention to closing time (5pm). We ran out of time.
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  • The Norton Simon is a pleasant surprise being a museum with such a robust collection found in a relatively low-key suburb. Right on Colorado Blvd, people drive past this hidden gem everyday and never know it’s there. One of my favorites is one of Rodin’s original Thinkers right outside along the street for the community to see. But it’s definitely worth a trip inside to see some really iconic artists in a uniquely intimate setting such as the Norton Simon.
  • I was so close to so many revered works of art which I found to be interesting. Picasso, Monet and others were literally at my finger tips and the museum monitors remind you of that with an unprecedented hawkishness. The interior space flowed nicely and I enjoyed the lighting and spaciousness while exploring the works. I loved the outdoor garden/pond area with the mix of trees, plants and sculptures. Lastly, there are interesting sculptures and landscape on the buildings outer grounds. Overall a great experience!
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