Collections include European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years, modern and contemporary art, and photography.
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 showcasing three to five exhibitions centered on the collection, and one special masterpiece loan, per year. The Museum also produces scholarly publications focused on segments of the collections on view at the Museum.
The Museum was designed to be harmonious with its residential neighbors, though on a grand scale, and includes several sculpture gardens.
Whether you go or not: Handbook of the Norton Simon Museum
Also, A Living Work of Art: The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden tells the fascinating story of the evolution of the Museum property into the lush and inspiring garden it is today. After a rich history as a California landmark and art institution, the Museum and garden underwent a major renovation in the late 1990s under the direction of architect Frank Gehry. As part of the renovation, landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power transformed the property into a verdant park inspired by Monet's garden at Giverny. Paths in the main garden meander past works by Aristide Maillol, Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Robert Rauschenberg, and others. The lower garden, with Indian and Cambodian sculptures, provides a contemplative backdrop for the Museum's South and Southeast Asian collection.
5 rare tapestries from 16th and 17th centuries alongside a rare set of 6 full-scale cartoons
7 works show how artists employ the tension between reality and artifice