Endowed by industrialist, financier and philanthropist Norton Simon (1907-1993), the Norton Simon Museum that bears his name ... More
Norton Simon Museum
Endowed by industrialist, financier and philanthropist Norton Simon (1907-1993), the Norton Simon Museum that bears his name is an extraordinary window into art and antiquities. This museum houses the single largest collection of art assembled by one man. Here you will find art spanning seven centuries and exhibited both in the galleries and in the charming gardens. Simon collected 2,000 years worth of Hindu art, as well as works from Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia. In addition, there are works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Botticelli, Renoir, Van Gogh and many more. The bookstore has an outstanding collection of art books. See their website for further details.
The art of Norton museum is well known so no point in my further elaborating on it. Get the audio guide for $3 as some labels are not extensive. The indoor garden and sculpture garden is small but pretty. Tip for budget travelers is diagonally across from museum on Colorado St is Ralph’s grocery store, which sells sandwiches for $6-8 and many salads besides all regular groceries and fruits. They have iron chairs and table in front patio so decent place to get inexpensive lunch; much cheaper than museum café and better food selection.
The Norton Simon has an abundance of amazing artwork by important artists. Their price is reasonable, especially for students who enter for free! If you like seeing artwork that you've only ever seen in books, definitely head to the Norton Simon.
The wonderful painting her can take your breath away. So many styles and periods to choose from. The garden is amazing too. The price has gone way up but it's still nice to have a quaint beautiful museum in Pasadena.
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