Norton Simon Museum

Approximately 1,000 works from a permanent collection of 12,000 are on display year-round.

The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden

The redesigned Norton Simon Museum exhibits a world-class collection in a deceptively modest environment. Low key, even for Pasadena, the museum’s exterior lulls the visitor into strolling unmindfully at first, passing Rodin's monumental sculpture “The Burghers of Calais,” and then stepping into elegant, understated galleries. What you’re not prepared for are the eye-popping masterpieces, many brightened through recent cleaning and restoration work. The gallery walls are adorned with Renaissance and 18th- and 19th-century European works, and the Impressionist examples are particularly fine. The Galka Scheyer Collection of the Blue Four (Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger and Jawlensky) is superb. Some of the works are innovatively displayed, with pieces from different epochs complementing and reinforcing one another. It may be jarring to the traditionalist, but, after all, this is California.

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411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena CA 91105 U.S.


626-449-6840 Attraction’s Website

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