Sure, the Getty and LACMA make The Simon Museum in Pasadena seem like an ant in their Herculean shadows. However, don't underestimate the Norton Simon Museum; it has beautiful art amid a tranquil setting.
Perhaps my favorite part of the museum is the garden and lake in the back. The lake is a great place to sip some coffee and meditate. Afterwards, you can walk around the lake to view the sculptures. When you're finished, you'll find plenty of shopping and restaurants are just down the street on Colorado Blvd.