Frequently Asked Questions - Other

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Who designed the Museum? Do you have food service?
What type of organization is the Museum? Who owns the collections?
Can I give my own private tour of the Museum? May I have my wedding or wedding photographs taken in the galleries or gardens?
Can I rent the galleries, gardens or theater? Does the Museum give donations to charity auctions?
Does the Museum have a free day? What is your mailing address?
How do I apply for employment? Do you have docents or volunteers?
How can I get an Annual Report? How can I get a list of the Museum's Board of Trustees?
What is the Norton Simon Art Foundation? What is The Norton Simon Foundation?

Who designed the Museum? In 1964, the Pasadena Art Museum's Trustees hired architects Thornton Ladd and John Kelsey to design the building that now houses the Norton Simon collections. The Museum, built on Carmelita Park property, opened to the public on November 24, 1969. In 1999 the interior was redesigned by Frank O. Gehry. Please see Architecture for more information.

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Do you have food service? Light refreshments are available in the garden. Please see Café.

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What type of organization is the Museum? The Museum is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.

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Who owns the collections? Most of the art is on long-term loan from The Norton Simon Foundation and the Norton Simon Art Foundation. Works from the Museum's permanent collection, including the Galka Scheyer Collection, are also displayed.

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Can I give my own private tour of the Museum? Independent tour operators may guide groups through the Norton Simon Museum. Please see Policies for our guidelines.

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May I have my wedding or wedding photographs taken in the galleries or gardens? No, the Museum does not accommodate wedding ceremonies. We also do not allow private professional photography on the property. For media requests, please use our contact page.

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Can I rent the galleries, gardens or theater? No, the Museum is not available for rent.

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Does the Museum give donations to charity auctions?

No, the Museum does not give donations to organizations for their fundraising activities.

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Does the Museum have a free day? Admission to the Museum is free for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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What is your mailing address? 411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91105-1825. For a list of departments, please see the Contact Us page.

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How do I apply for employment? Current job listings and our employment application can be found under Employment.

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Do you have docents or volunteers? The Museum does not have docents or volunteers. All employees of the Museum are paid staff. We employ Museum Educators to lead our guided tours.

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How can I get an Annual Report? The Museum does not publish an Annual Report.

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How can I get a list of the Museum's Board of Trustees? A list is available online, please see Board of Trustees.

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What is the Norton Simon Art Foundation? Incorporated in 1952, the Norton Simon Art Foundation is a private operating foundation, which conducts its own art program. Please be advised that the Norton Simon Art Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funds.

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What is The Norton Simon Foundation? Incorporated in 1954, The Norton Simon Foundation is a non-operating foundation, organized and operated for educational and charitable purposes. Please be advised that The Norton Simon Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funds.

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