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Norton Simon Museum

  • The Norton Simon Museum holds one of the world's finest and most prestigious collections of art. Reflecting the extraordinary effort and vision of its founder, it stands as a tribute to human civilizations, the visual arts, and the nobility of individual accomplishment.

    The permanent collections consist of Western and Asian art from a period spanning more than 2,000 years. European and American masterpieces -- including paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography -- are complemented by stunning art works from India and Southeast Asia. The Museum holds an extensive print collection, which includes rare etchings by Rembrandt and Goya, as well as a comprehensive collection of Picasso graphics. The collection also includes the Galka E. Scheyer Collection of works by the Blue Four artists: Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, and Klee.

    Located just outside Old Pasadena's boundaries and easily walkable from the district, the Museum is housed in a unique building originally designed by architects Ladd & Kelsey in 1969, with recently updated interiors by Frank O. Gehry & Associates. It boasts a beautiful garden, inspired by Monet's Giverny. The Norton Simon is a true Pasadena landmark, promoting art education through a variety of programs, which include special exhibitions, tours, children's programming, and lectures.

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