Visitors with Special Needs
The Norton Simon Museum provides complimentary educational programming for students and adults with special needs, including tours for:
- Visitors with developmental and learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum
- Visitors who are blind or partially sighted
- Visitors who are deaf or have hearing loss
Tours are up to one hour in length and focus on Highlights of the Collection or Elements of Art.
Students with special needs and their caregivers can make reservations through our School Tour program, which is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings before the Museum is open to the public. Tour requests must be made three weeks in advance.
Submit a Staff-Guided Tour Request Form
Adults with special needs and their caregivers can request a tour by submitting a Special Needs Tour Request Form. Tours are available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings before the Museum is open to the public. Tour requests must be made three weeks in advance.
Submit a Special Needs Tour Request Form
For more information, please contact the Education Department at 626.844.6903 or [email protected].
Tours focus on four to five great works of art. Participants will hear verbal descriptions of specific art works and be able to touch materials represented in the works of art and tools used for making the works. There are also raised images that visitors can touch. Tours are one hour in length.
A verbal description is a narrative technique rendering visual images of individual artworks more accessible to those who are blind or partially sighted.
- Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier), Vincent van Gogh
- Tulips in a Vase, Paul Cézanne
- Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, Amedeo Modigliani
- Odalisque with Tambourine (Harmony in Blue), Henri Matisse
- Tall Figure IV, Alberto Giacometti
For additional information on enhancing your visit, please visit our Accessibility page. For planning a trip with children who are anxious about visiting a museum, you may wish to view our image-based booklet. Lots of pictures and simple text help young ones visualize the experience.