If you’re an art lover like me, you of course want to visit the best museums around when you travel to a new destination. If you’re planning on visiting Los Angeles, chances are you’re thinking about checking out LACMA and the Getty Center, and I highly encourage you to do just that because those museums are awesome! However, if you’re looking for another museum to get your art fix at, might I suggest the Norton Simon?
Located in downtown Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., the Norton Simon is a smaller, often overlooked museum. However, step inside and you’ll discover that although they are small, they pack quite the punch with an impressive collection. It’s actually one of my favorite museums in Los Angeles!
They have one of the most distinguished collections of European painting and sculpture in all of North America, with works from artists such as Botticelli, Giorgione and Raphael as well as Rembrandt, Fragonard, Goya and more. If you’re into impressionist works, you’re in for a treat, because they have an amazing impressionist collection with works from artists such as Manet, Monet, and Renoir. Don’t forget works from Picasso, Kandinsky, and Matisse as well as sculptures from Rodin and Hepworth displayed throughout the museum.
If you’re looking for American artists, they have works from artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Dan Flavin and Carl Andre on display in the museum.
They also have a wonderful Asian art collection with amazing sculptures and paintings from all over South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Their prints, drawings, and photographs collection includes works from Goya, Picasso, Rembrandt, Fragonard and more.
There is a beautiful sculpture garden outside where you can relax in a tranquil environment and a cafe where you can sit outside and enjoy fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods, wine, beer, coffee, and more.
I would say that this museum should be on any art lover’s list of things to do while visiting the Los Angeles area. Sure, it’s small, but the collection is impressive and museum is located on Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard, which is a wonderful place to stroll around and browse the many shops and restaurants. Enjoy Pasadena!