Valentine’s Day Ideas at the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon knows that the love of art can help the romantic love. Besides strolling through the garden and eating a romantic meal after a contemplative viewing of its current exhibits, you can take your sweetheart to two special events at the Norton Simon.

Family Day at the Norton Simon is this Saturday, 7 February 2015 and the theme is Rococo Valentines. That means you can go florid in pastel colors.

Rococo Valentines

Date: Saturday, February 07, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Speaker: Educator
Type: Family Day

Rococo paintings like Fragonard’s Happy Lovers are known for their lighthearted romance, exuberant pastel colors and blooming gardens. In both style and subject, they are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Inspired by these light and joyful paintings, create a rococo valentine for someone special.
Meets in Entrance Gallery | Free with admission. This activity is designed for families with children ages 4–10. | No reservations needed

On Valentine’s Day, the topic of the afternoon tour is “A Woman in Love.”  And we’re not talking about just any woman, but the 18th Century. Learn about how feminine strength and beauty was portrayed and about the social graces and morals of the period.

The 18th Century was the Age of Enlightenment, but also the time of both the American and the French revolutions. I think they will let you eat cake (outside if you purchase it) and nothing as unruly as a guillotine will cut short the frivolities for Valentine’s Day!

A Woman in Love

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker: Educator
Type: Tour

Enjoy an afternoon of romance and the social graces in 18th century art. In addition to depictions of feminine strength and beauty by Vigée-Lebrun and Boucher, artists such as Boilly and Pater provide insight into the manners and morals of the period.
Meets in Entrance Gallery | Free with admission. | Please note that space is limited to 25 participants. Sign up at the Information Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the tour.

For the evening you can gaze at Edouard Manet’s “The Railway.” You don’t need a train ticket and no reservations necessary. There’s an opportunity to make art and perhaps even create a French art-inspired romance?

A Night in Focus: Manet

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Speaker: Emily Beeny, Associate Curator
Type: A Night in Focus

Join us for an enchanting evening looking at one of the world’s most fascinating artists, Édouard Manet. The evening begins with an overview of Manet, with a spotlight on The Railway, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, by Associate Curator Emily Beeny, in the theater. Offered throughout the evening are gallery talks on Manet and his peers, as well as art-making activities that allow artists of all ages to create original works of art.

Visit our A Night in Focus: Manet page for more information. 
Theater | Free with admission. Recommended for visitors of all ages. | No reservations needed


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Norton Simon Museum of Art
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Monday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Museum Store, Cafe and Gardens close 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing.

Admission Fees:                                                                    

Adults $12.00
Seniors (ages 62 and above) $9.00
Children (ages 18 and under) Free
Students with valid I.D. Free
Museum Members Free
Active Military Personnel with valid I.D. Free
Acoustiguide Audio Tour $3.00 per unit/
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Admission is free for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, events are free with admission and no reservations are required.

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