Norton Museum of Art

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1451 S. Olive Ave.

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

When businessman Ralph H. Norton retired from the steel industry, he created the Norton Museum of Art to hold his impressive art collection. Since its opening in 1941, the museum has been renovated and expanded so that it now houses more than 7,000 pieces. The museum's art is mostly separated by geography, with exhibits dedicated to European, American and Chinese art. There are two additional exhibits for photography and contemporary art as well. Noteworthy pieces in the museum's collection include paintings by Picasso, Monet and Gauguin and sculptures by Theodore Roszak and William Zorach.

Art lovers will likely appreciate the variety of artists represented in the small yet impressive Norton Museum of Art. While the permanent collections consistently wow guests, many praise the museum's temporary exhibits, which focus on everything from photographs of the Black Panthers to iconic toys. Others rave about the property's expansion (which was unveiled in February 2019), though a few caution that the museum is so spacious that it's easy to get lost in.

Visitors traveling to the Norton Museum of Art, which is located less than a mile southeast of CityPlace and the Kravis Center, can get to the museum by car or bus. Free parking is available across the street, and a No. 1 Palm Tran bus stop is located near the property. Inside, museumgoers have access to restrooms, a restaurant, a coffee bar, an auditorium, a sculpture garden and a gift shop. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, while students get in for $5 with a valid ID. Children 12 and younger can visit for free. The museum is closed on Wednesdays but is open the rest of the week, typically from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The property closes at 10 p.m. on Fridays and opens at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Visit the Norton Museum of Art website for more information.

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