Norton Simon Museum
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Norton Simon Museum


Time Out says

The Norton Simon's Gehry-helmed makeover in the late 1990s raised the museum's profile. But it also helped it expand the range of its collection, giving it more space and creating a calm, simple environment in which to display it. And this is a beautifully designed museum, its collection sympathetically mounted and immaculately captioned.

The museum is still best known for its impressive collection of Old Masters, notably pieces by 17th-century Dutch painters such as Rembrandt (a particularly rakish self-portrait), Brueghel and Frans Hals. The French impressionists are represented by, among others, Monet, Manet and Renoir.

Other valuable holdings include a generous array of Degas' underappreciated ballerina bronzes, some excellent modern works — including a haunting Modigliani portrait of his wife, some Diego Rivera paintings, plenty of works by the so-called Blue Four (Feininger, Jawlensky, Klee and Kandinsky), and large collections of European prints, Far Eastern art and Buddhist artifacts. After you've checked out the temporary shows, head into the excellent sculpture garden. All told, a terrific museum.


411 W Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles
$12 adults, $9 seniors, free children under 18, students with ID, military personnel, and children under 18 all free.
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, Thu, noon-5pm; Fri, Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm
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Norton Simon Museum Garden Party

Unleash your creative side at the Norton Simon Museum’s annual Garden Party on June 22 in celebration of the summer season. The jazz-infused early evening soiree will take place at the museum’s Monet-inspired Sculpture Garden, where guests can sketch al fresco or create floral arrangements. Best of all, the event is free with museum admission. 

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