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This is a guide to the Norton Simon Museum as part of the Visions and Voices program.

General Information

The Norton Simon Museum is at

411 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91105
(626) 449-6840


Parking is free and no reservations are required.



The Norton Simon Museum is located on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards in Pasadena--the corner where the Rose Parade turns. Named for industrialist Norton Simon, it is home to one of the most remarkable and important collections assembled by a 20th century private collector. Its strengths are Early Renaissance through 20th century paintings and sculpture, Indian and Southeast Asian art, and major print collections by Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso.  The Museum also owns important 20th century photography, as well as the Galka Scheyer Blue Four Collection comprised of works by Klee, Kandinsky, Feininger, and Jawlensky.

Housed in a striking curved facility designed by Pasadena architects Ladd & Kelsey in 1969, various spaces were converted to galleries in 1977 by architect Craig Ellwood, with a major interior renovation by Frank Gehry in 1996-1999.  The sculpture garden was redesigned by landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power in 1999, and includes a cafe operated by The Patina Group.

There is also an excellent shop which sells a large selection of books on American, European and Asian art, photography, gardens and architecture as well as a variety of stationery, prints and posters that feature works from the Museum’s collections.

Museum Garden

NSM Garden/Landau

        Photo by Robert Landau

Subject Guide

John Juricek
Grand Library CAL 212
3434 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-2931
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About This Guide

This guide was originally created for Visions and Voices.

Image Credit

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian, ca. 1527-1593)
The Librarian (Wolfgang Lazius)
, ca. 1562
Oil on canvas. 97 x 71 cm (38 3/16 x 28 in.)

© Skoklosters Slott, Stockholm