Discover Norton Simon Museum In Pasadena California
The Norton Simon Museum sits on 9.5 acres, is housed in an 85,000 square foot structure and is located in the beautiful city of Pasadena, California at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. right across the street from where the television cameras are set up every year for the Rose Parade. Therefore millions of people view the front of the museum each year as they watch the Rose Parade. What most of these viewers do not know is that “The Norton Simon Museum of Art holds one of the world’s finest and most prestigious private collections of European, American and Asian art.”
The collection, which includes works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rodin and Fragonard consists of over 1,000 works, including paintings, etchings (by Rembrandt, Goya, etc.), sculptures, photographs (Ansel Adams) and other mediums spanning a period of over 2,000 years. The museum also hosts lectures, gallery talks, family programs, musical performances, dance performances, films and tours.
The museum provides both private tours and monthly free public tours of their collection conducted by Museum Educators.
The museum’s store features a large selection of books on American, Asian and European art along with posters, prints, slides and stationery goods as well as books on photography, gardens and architecture.
The museum is closed on Tuesdays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s hours are 12:00 noon – 9:00pm on Fridays and 12:00 noon – 6:00pm all other days. Admission fees are adults $8.00, seniors $4.00 and patrons under 18 years of age, students with valid id and museum members free.