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Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum
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Price: $5-$10
General admission is free the first Friday of every month from 6pm to 9pm.
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required
Mobility Assistance Available: Wheelchair Elevator
Notes: Wheelchairs are available for rental from the Coat Check desk.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Lunch
Restrooms: Available
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Norton Simon Museum

World Class Art Collection in Old Town Pasadena

Expert Pick Family Time Must See

Address: Phone:
411 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
+1 626 449 6840


Not many of us can imagine amassing such an impressive collection of art that museums ask you to endow your collection for public use, but that is exactly how the Pasadena Museum of Art became the Norton Simon Museum of Art. Norton Simon's fortune allowed him to put together an exhaustive collection ranging from the European masters to Impressionists to Asian and Indian antiquities. So, in 1974, Simon agreed to accept the museum's debt in exchange for the name on the facade. The museum underwent a 1995 Frank Gehry renovation, and the collection includes Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso among the most famed artists in the museum, but it really does span all genres and eras.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 12pm-6pm, Wed-Mon
Notes: The Museum Store and Gardens close 15 minutes before the gallery closes.
Visit Time: 1.5hr-3hr
Best Time to Visit: Weekdays are the best days to visit.
Why Best: The museum is less busy at this time.
Worst Time to Visit: Avoid weekends and Friday evening.
Why Worst: These times are often most crowded.
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $5-$10
Price Notes: General admission is free the first Friday of every month from 6pm to 9pm.
Discounts Available: Children under 18 (free!)


Indoor with climate control. Notes: Gardens have little covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bus
Notes: The Pasadena ARTS bus passes by the Norton Simon.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: Free
Parking Safety: Safe

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