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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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  • This is an amazing must stop in Pasadena. We honestly did not know about it until we searched and are so glad we found it.  more »
  • With everyone tooting out (deserved) praise for The Getty and LACMA, I feel like The Norton Simon Museum is wildly underrated! This place is amazing and it's THE place to be to see celebrity and...  more »
  • Amazing museum! They have a soothing nice cafe in the back where you can have great drinks and snacks. It's an excellent place for escape and admire breathtaking artworks by the old masters. Security is very tight here and with good reason. They are protecting and preserving millions worth of artwork from legendary artists from centuries ago. However, they are a very friendly staff. This is indeed one of the best museums in the nation.
  • A wonderful way to spend a Saturday, as a member I’m constantly receiving updates on new events that are happening every month. These events could be opening of a new exhibit, a sketching class with an instructor, discount and sales on coffee table books or artist manifesto’s. It’s a very quiet museum, of course the impressionistic art is what most people go for, but I enjoy the more modern works. Take the time to walk outside and go around the little pond. The café outdoors has great seating, adequate wine for a good gossip session with your best friend.

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