Tours & Group Visits

School Tours
Private Tours
Independent Tours
Tours for Visitors with Special Needs
Public Tours and Talks
Audio Tours

School Tours

Engage with the collections through staff-guided and self-guided tours. Learn more here.

Private Tours

Private tours of the Norton Simon Museum collections and gardens provide a unique and intimate way to experience art. Conducted by Museum Educators, private tours can be scheduled any day of the week during closed or open hours, as per availability, with the exception of Tuesdays. Large groups will be broken into touring units of 25 people per group, each with its own Educator.

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Fees for private tours must be paid in full at least three weeks in advance of the scheduled tour date. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.

To schedule a private tour, please submit an online request or call (626) 844-6980.

Independent Tours

Independent tour operators are welcome to guide groups through the Museum during public hours.
To schedule an Independent Tour, please submit an online request

  • Each patron in the group must pay the appropriate admission fee.
  • Tours must be conducted in groups of 15 or less. For groups larger than 15 participants, please submit an online request or call (626) 844-6980 at least three weeks in advance of your visit.
  • Tour buses are to unload passengers on Colorado Boulevard adjacent to the Museum. Buses may then park on Colorado Boulevard or on Walnut Street, as city signs permit. Buses are not permitted to unload passengers or park in the Museum parking lot. Security personnel are available to provide assistance. 
  • To make arrangements for group lunches, please contact the Museum Garden Café at 626.844.6970 two weeks prior to your visit to select from a variety of boxed meals. Click here to see a menu

Tours for Visitors with Special Needs

The Museum offers tours for visitors with special needs with advance notice. Learn more here.

Public Tours and Talks

Explore the Museum’s collection through guided tours and gallery discussions led by Museum Educators. View upcoming Public Tours and Talks.

Audio Tours

The Norton Simon Museum, in collaboration with Acoustiguide, has developed an award-winning audio tour that gives visitors a stimulating and engaging way to connect with the Norton Simon collections. Approximately 400 artworks are featured on the highlights tour in both English and Spanish. The Children's Tour—also in English and Spanish—offers lively commentary, engaging questions and even the occasional joke, touching on approximately 35 artworks.

There are two ways to experience the Museum's audio tour: when visiting the Museum, visitors can rent a headset for $3; or, online visitors can listen to the entire highlights tour in English on the Museum's website, where the tour is linked individually to each artwork.

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