Activities & Resources
Norton Simon Museum050in Pasadena, CA 91105
about Norton Simon Museum:
And you will find plenty that children will actually love: Degas' sculpture, complete with tutu and hair ribbon, of the little ballet dancer; a lush and mysterious painting of monkeys in the jungle by Rousseau; swirling bright-colored masterpieces by van Gogh; Rodin's monumental version of The Thinker.
You'll also find rooms full of fine Asian art, and some 20th century pieces that children will find interesting, if not downright funny.
Canada Dry magnate Norton Simon started his art collection in the 1950's. Today it is housed in a building that was dramatically re-designed by architect Frank O. Gehry in 1999, with over 50,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Part of the renovation is a huge and wonderful sculpture garden, inspired in part by Monet's gardens at Giverny and designed by landscape architect Nancy Goslee Powers.
The Museum Bookshop is full of children's books and art supplies; it's a great place for unusual gifts and stocking stuffers, and shoppers can go to the bookstore only, without paying a museum admission fee. Tue-Sun 12n-5:45pm, and Fri 12n-8:45pm. [626.449.6840 ext 236]
The Garden Cafe offers light snacks, meals, and beverages, including coffee; it's open during regular Museum hours.
The Norton Simon Museum Theatre shows regular screenings of a documentary about the collection, The Art of Norton Simon, narrated by Gregory Peck. Daily at 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm.
Membership: A $65 active membership entitles you to free admission to the collection, a 20% discount at the Bookshop, and a subscription to a newsletter.
The Museum is wheel-chair and stroller accessible.