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.


The Norton Simon Museum is temporarily closed.

Admission Fees

Adults $15.00
Seniors (ages 62 and above) $12.00
Children (ages 18 and under) Free
Students with valid I.D. Free
Museum Members Free
Active Military Personnel with valid I.D. Free
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. 


Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105-1825


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The Museum's parking lot is free of charge.

Public Transportation

A Pasadena Transit bus stop is located in front of the Museum. Please visit the Pasadena Transit for schedules. The Metro bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. 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.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Norton Simon Museum is temporarily closed and unable to offer in-person tours.

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. Smoking anywhere on the Museum’s property is prohibited.

Visitor Conduct

Staff and visitors of the Museum have the right to an environment free from abuse, harassment, and threatening or inappropriate behavior. The Museum reserves the right to remove any person acting in a manner contrary to these guidelines.