Norton Simon Museum

Museum, Art Gallery, and Art Museum · West Pasadena
411 W Colorado Blvd (btw Orange & St John), Pasadena, CA 91105, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • None
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Based on 165 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Sandy S.
    "Always enjoy the Degas and 19th and 20th century work."(4 Tips)
    Annabelle L.
    "I also love the impressionist wing."(4 Tips)
    Elizabeth M.
    "wonderful collection spanning Impressionism to East Asian art."(2 Tips)
    Go Find Alice
    "One of the best (not so well known) museums in LA."(2 Tips)
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  • degas
  • impressionists
  • museums
  • gardens
  • sandwiches
  • outdoor cafe
  • outdoor seating
  • audio tour
  • arts
  • martinis
  • sculptures
  • turkey
  • statues
  • First Fridays
  • lunch
  • Dorothy M.

    Paintings and sculpture

    Dorothy McElrath · August 10
  • Justin O.

    Make sure to bring your student id! The gardens are nice. One of the better selections of art in LA.

    Justin Ordoveza · June 18
  • Go Find Alice

    One of the best (not so well known) museums in LA. Amazing selection of Impressionism artworks. Sculpture garden is beautiful too and a perfect spot to relax

    Go Find Alice · May 28
  • Connie C.

    Spent a day meeting with a friend on a project in the outdoor cafe and it was absolutely lovely. So much space and beautiful atmosphere. Free entry with student ID!

    Connie Chiu · May 28
  • Mercie S.

    Been here it's a really nice museum especially the sculpture garden outside.

    Mercie Sanchez · December 6, 2014
  • Joseph K.

    Always something interesting on display being showcased here. Decent food in the café but, bring a sack lunch better & have lunch out on the grass by the parking lot.

    Joseph K · August 26, 2014
  • Elizabeth M.

    Wonderful, wonderful collection spanning Impressionism to East Asian art. Be sure to not wear a large tote as they will make you check it.

    Elizabeth McGonigle · August 11, 2014
  • Sandy S.

    Fabulous museum. The Asian collection is excellent. Always enjoy the Degas and 19th and 20th century work.

    Sandy Scott · February 8, 2014
  • Anita D.

    Loved it all...get the Turkey Brie sandwich for lunch!

    Anita DuBois Coleman · November 11, 2013
  • Eugene L.

    Hit the outdoor garden before dark.. Worth seeing

    Eugene Lee · September 7, 2013
  • Shelly R.

    Great collection. Better than Getty. Love the 19th and 20th sections.

    Shelly Rosenberg · August 22, 2013
  • Annabelle L.

    The best place to hang out is the statue garden. It's gorgeous and serene. I also love the impressionist wing.

    Annabelle Lovell · August 17, 2013
  • Seonhai K.

    Great collections

    Seonhai Kim · August 6, 2013
  • Los Angeles

    If you'd like to visit for free, show your valid student I.D. or plan your visit between 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the first Friday of every month.

    Los Angeles · August 1, 2013
  • Nivedita V.

    Great collection of paintings and sculptures. Very intimate and interesting. Has many renowned impressionist artists' work. Walk around the garden is a must.

    Nivedita Vaidya · July 29, 2013
  • Terry D.

    Wonderful SMALL museum. The one you see on the Rose Parade broadcast every year.

    Terry Dutton · July 20, 2013
  • Gordon G.

    Enjoy the fabulous collection of art by Edgar Degas.

    Gordon Gauss · July 18, 2013
  • Naomi T.

    Try to ignore the rather overbearing guards to enjoy one of the best collections in California. Gorgeous lighting and surroundings!

    Naomi Trujillo · May 31, 2013
  • Shaun L.

    The best collection on the West Coast. Amazing.

    Shaun Lang · May 7, 2013
  • Hana T.

    Wonderful museum. Be sure to set aside time for the 19th century gallery - great collection of impressionists Degas, Manet, Cézanne, Toulouse Lautrec & others

    Hana Truman · February 18, 2013
  • Chris G.

    Get the audio tour. Many of the items have descriptions for kids, which adults will enjoy too. It's only $3.

    Chris Go · January 27, 2013
  • Jesse W.

    Absolutely NO Food or Drinks inside the building! Even baby formula! That's absolutely ridiculous but you can go outside to their garden cafe for a decent meal that's highly over priced instead. :/

    Jesse Watrous · January 7, 2013
  • Otis College of Art and Design

    Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum has an encyclopedic collection. Don’t miss the fantastic Indian art, installed by Greg Walsh of Frank Gehry’s office, and Francesco di Giorgio Martini’s Fidelity, 1495.

    Otis College of Art and Design · November 16, 2012
  • Chase R.

    Great selection of impressionist, post-impressionist, pointillist, and cubist art.

    Chase Richardson · September 29, 2012
  • Joseph K.

    Watch The Films & Explore The Grounds :-D

    Joseph K · May 1, 2012
  • Ben J. D.

    Very nice museum; very large for the area and has some really famous pieces of art as well as some ancient statues (c. 1st century).

    Ben J. DITZEL · April 23, 2012
  • Angie K.

    Don't hug the statues. You can't touch the statues you will get busted.

    Angie King · February 27, 2012
  • A

    Be sure to check out the sculptures in the garden

    A · February 9, 2012
  • A

    Interesting collection of sculptures from asia from the early century located at the lower level

    A · February 9, 2012
  • 💋

    Please don't let your kids run around like savages here. The employees are not your nannies. Thank you.

    💋 · January 20, 2012
  • Stephan S.

    Please be polite to the gallery attendants. It's just courtesy and good karma.

    Stephan Schmetterling · December 28, 2011
  • Jeremy M.

    Fantastic collection. Make sure to tout the sculpture garden. A beautiful setting.

    Jeremy Morley · December 10, 2011
  • madeinchynna

    I work here.

    madeinchynna · July 30, 2011
  • Romeo P.

    I like to go to the back of the garden where the tables are and read a book.

    Romeo Paguyo II · July 16, 2011
  • jane H.

    There is a lovely outdoor eating area with great sandwiches and salads!

    jane Houle · July 4, 2011
  • Betty T.

    It's free admission the first Friday of the month, 6pm - 9pm.

    Betty Tso · July 2, 2011

    One of the best things to do with kids in Pasadena! Read more · June 9, 2011
  • whiteboxerdogs w.

    Open from 12-6 Wednesday-Monday closed Tuesday adults $10 seniors $5 kids and students with I'D free

    whiteboxerdogs whiteboxerdogs · February 28, 2011
  • Eric C.

    The Thai Curry soup is good here

    Eric Chaves · December 8, 2010
  • Nick

    Students, being your student ID card to get in free.

    Nick · September 1, 2010
  • Dave H.

    Lots of Degas, great Asian sculptures downstairs, and I really like the modern stuff in there too. Great pieces.

    Dave Huckle · June 6, 2010
  • Byron S.

    Best art museum in Los Angeles

    Byron Smith · April 28, 2010
  • Joe B.

    Best museum in LA. Excellent 19th and 20th century collection as well as South Asian art. Managable and great.

    Joe Bose · March 7, 2010
  • Michael S.

    Eine großartige Sammlung französischer Impressionisten erwartet die Besucher

    Michael Schidlack · September 27, 2013

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