Visiting the Museum

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The Norton Simon Museum  is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period 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. Approximately 1,000 works from the permanent collection of 12,000 objects are on view in the Norton Simon Museum’s galleries and sculpture garden throughout the year. There are two temporary exhibition spaces within the Museum; the curatorial department mounts three to five exhibitions centered on the collection, and one special masterpiece loan, per year. To extend the impact of these exhibitions and to explore genres and themes within the permanent collection, the Museum offers an enriching series of public programs, including scholarly lectures, adult education courses, music and dance performances and hands-on activities for children. Private tours are available by reservation.

Hours

Monday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Museum Store, Cafe and Gardens close 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing.

The Museum is closed Tuesdays, Rose Parade Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The Museum's Sculpture Garden is open to visitors year-round. However, it is closed during heavy rains and sections can remain closed for several days following rains.


Admission Fees

Adults $12.00
Seniors (ages 62 and above) $9.00
Children (ages 18 and under) Free
Students with valid I.D. Free
Museum Members Free
Active Military Personnel with valid I.D. Free
Acoustiguide Audio Tour $3.00 per unit/
Free for Members


Admission is free for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, events are free with admission and no reservations are required.

The Museum also offers free admission to museum colleagues (business card or staff badge is required), members of AAM and ICOM (membership card is required), members of the media (business card or staff badge is required) and holders of the EBT card. 

To purchase tickets in advance, please click here.


Location

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105-1825

626.449.6840

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Parking

The Museum's parking lot is free of charge.

Tours

Please click here for information on private, public and self-guided tours at the Museum.

Security Notice

All umbrellas, backpacks, bags or purses over 11 x 15 inches must be checked-in at the Check Room and retrieved before the Museum closes. Please note that all items brought into the Museum are subject to search. Please leave all non-essential items in your vehicle. Backpacks, carriers and purses worn on the back of any size may not be worn in the galleries.