Norton Simon Museum

411 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena CA 91105
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 12pm-5pm
  • Wed: 12pm-5pm
  • Thu: 12pm-5pm
  • Fri: 11am-8pm
  • Sat: 11am-8pm
  • Sun: 11am-5pm


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The Norton Simon is a medium size museum located just a block away from Old Town Pasadena. Its collection reflects the work of artists from all over the world and done throughout many centuries, with a particularly significant compilation of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. This is the place to enjoy the creations of renowned names like van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and many more.

Best and worst time to go to Norton Simon Museum
The museum is open Monday through Thursday between noon and 5 p.m., except Tuesday when it is closed. Friday through Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free on the first Friday of the month; therefore this is also the Museum's busiest day.

Must see/do at Norton Simon Museum
There is an entire floor (downstairs) of Asian art representing countries like Nepal, India, China, Pakistan and Thailand.

At street level there are multiple medium size galleries with paintings and sculptures ranging from the 14th century to present day.

Check the sculptures both in the front of the Museum (where you can find a Rodin), as well as surrounding the pond in the garden.

Admission to the Norton Simon Museum
Youngsters under 18, active military personnel, and students with valid ID get in free of charge. For all others entrance ranges $9 to $12. Admission is free on the first Friday of the month.

Parking and public transportation to the Norton Simon Museum
The parking lot at the Museum is large and free of charge.

If using public transportation, the Metro Gold Line's Memorial Park Station would be the most convenient, at 0.8 miles (about a 17 minute walk) from the Museum. You can plan your trip at

Food at Norton Simon Museum
The Garden Café is located at the sculpture garden and it offers salads, sandwiches, pastries, and drinks. It is a great spot to sit and enjoy the tranquil view of the pond. Food is not allowed in the galleries.

Insider tip for visitors to Norton Simon Museum
Look at Lucas Cranach the Elder's paired paintings "Adam" and "Eve" (1530) with special interest, as it could be the last time you do. These paintings are currently the center of a legal dispute over the Museum's rightful ownership. Marie van Saher wants them returned to her family, alleging that they were forced away by the Nazis from her late father in law.

Author's Bio: Dena Burroughs has lived in Los Angeles for almost 30 years. She loves Shakespeare, Vincent van Gogh, and dancing Salsa. is her own website.