Tours & Group Visits

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

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 professional 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. If you are planning 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 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 professional museum educators. View upcoming Public Tours and Talks.

Audio Tours

The Norton Simon Museum 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.

Listen online 

Public Transportation Options

Pasadena Transit: The City of Pasadena provides a shuttle bus to transport passengers through the Pasadena Playhouse district, the Lake Avenue shopping district and Old Pasadena. A shuttle stop is located in front of the Museum. Please visit the Pasadena Transit for schedules.

Metro Bus: The Metro bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. Please visit Metro for schedules.

Metro Rail: The Memorial Park Station on the Metro Gold Line, the closest Metro Rail station to the Museum, is located at 125 E. Holly St. at Arroyo Parkway. Please visit Metro for schedules.