One of the most profound means of human communication is the visual arts. By establishing a meaningful dialogue between an artist’s vision of the world and our own perceptions, art can help us to understand ourselves more fully. Moreover, art at its finest gives us a deep sense of history, tradition, and the true potentialities of man’s creativity. -Norton Simon, 1972

The Norton Simon Museum promotes the knowledge and understanding of the visual arts to a diverse audience. Whether your preference is for small, informal discussions with staff educators, lectures by renowned scholars and curators or drawing classes led by local artists, the Museum invites you to experience the richness of the collections in many different ways. Enjoy family-friendly programs that introduce children and adults to the wonderful world of art and spark the creative spirit in kids of all ages.