Collections

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, 20th-century industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections.

The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens. Two temporary exhibition spaces feature rotating installations of artworks not on permanent display. The Museum’s online collections database presents a portion of the objects in the permanent collection, and is continually being updated.


Asian Art

The Museum houses an important collection of art from South and Southeast Asia, with superb examples of this region's sculptural and...


European Art : 19th Century

The Museum is home to the most significant collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in Southern California...

European Art : 14th – 16th Centuries

Masterworks of the Early Renaissance, High Renaissance and Mannerism make up the Museum's extensive collection of 14th-16th...


Modern and Contemporary Art

The Museum houses an extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, with seminal works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque...

European Art : 17th – 18th Centuries

The advent of the 17th century is heralded by the Museum's early Baroque paintings from Italy and Spain, and represented by noted artists such as...

Prints and Photographs

The Museum's collection of prints is rich in the work of three great painter-printmakers: Rembrandt, Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso...


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