Wordful Wednesday – The Norton Simon Museum (& Their Naked People)

Jeff and I took the kids to the Norton Simon Museum on New Year’s Eve.  LOVE that museum.  It’s relatively close to my house, it’s in a fun area of Pasadena,  and kids are free. It’s one place that we can go as a family and pay the same price as if Jeff and I were on a “date”.  Going on New Year’s Eve was really fun, too because we got to see all the preparations for the Rose Parade, but without all the people.  (The Norton Simon Museum is that building that’s always shown on TV during the parade with a big rose on the face of the building. (The museum is right on Colorado Blvd and directly across from the KLTA cameras.)

Anyway, this was the first time we’ve taken the kids to the museum when they’ve taken cameras of their own, and I was DYING.  DYING.  We went straight outside to the sculpture garden when we arrived and I’ve never seen such avid photographers (with the exception of Emma. I think she might have been appalled).  Click, click, click went those cameras.  Click, click, click some more.

For some reason all of the photos were of a common theme.   Naked People.

When we headed inside I captured this:

Look closely.

Yep, that’s Jacob taking pictures of naked ladies.

And the girls wondering if they were seeing half naked breasts. And taking a picture, just in case.

Those avid photographers weren’t nearly as excited about taking pictures when we got to areas with portraits of clothed people.

See that confused look on Emma’s face?  I think she’s thinking, “another semi exposed breast?

Are your kids drawn to naked sculptures and paintings at museums, too?

Have you been over to visit my co-host Amanda at Parenting by Dummies yet?

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    I’m totally laughing over the fact they were photographing the nakedness!

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    Michelle @ One Crafty Mama says:

    Well, that is one way to get the boys to appreciate art. 🙂

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    Twitter: Twinfatuation

    Ha! Did you know that I have been a museum docent now for 20 years? (YOWZA I am old!) Our twins have been on tours and in the museum since they were in utero…and now, now that they are ten, suddenly, the booties and boobies are FAR more entertaining! (Heck, I find ’em entertaining! 😉 )

    Looks like your crew had a GREAT time. 🙂

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    Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud
    Twitter: TweetingMama

    Hilarious! Looks like they’re so enthralled with the naked people. lol

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    Twitter: IHaveLanded

    LOL. I love that you noticed that about your kids. And here you thought you were introducing them to culture…

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    Twitter: elainea

    Love the pic of him taking the pic. That’s too funny!! 🙂

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    Twitter: ErinsMiracles

    That is hilarious! I love it! The boys like their own nakedness, I can’t imagine what they would think of someone elses!

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    Tina ~ Tina Gray {dot} Me says:

    Love the photo of your little man taking the photo 🙂 Oh and I’m new to your blog so hello! Thanks for letting me link up.

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    Teresha@ Marlie and Me
    Twitter: Mommy2Marlie

    That’s still less cleavage than I saw at the Golden Globes telecast (get it? ha!)

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    tahlia - the parenting files says:

    nothing like a little naked education 🙂 and love the photo attempt by your young man 🙂

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    How fun is that? I mean the museum, not all the boobies. lol I kid.

    It’s always an interesting conversation when you try to explain to kids why artists painted half naked women.

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    Veronica @ Germlisch says:

    Totally educational. I mean, they should take Sex Education in high school, right? hahaha.

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    Susie's Homemade says:

    LOL! At least its not porn!

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    Bwhahahahaha! That is so funny… taking pictures of pictures of naked people. Boys will be boys.

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    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Twitter: melaniescrafts

    That is too funny!!

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    Twitter: simplystavish

    What a riot!!! New to your blog coming over from PBD. Looks like they had a blast with their own cameras.

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    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn

    Too funny! I like that they all captured what they liked (and heck, that you can even take pictures at the museum).

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    Twitter: multiplemama

    Yep my three big kids are WAY too into potty talk and the like to make it through a trip to the norton simon without peeing my pants. Maybe when they are a bit older. So cute!

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    Arnebya @ whatnowandwhy
    Twitter: whatnowandwhy

    I’m giggling imagining the giggles of my girls. They’d probably take pictures too. You know, to discuss later the um, artness of it.

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    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees

    I love naked people!!!

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    Dara Dokas says:

    I love giving kids cameras. It’s like seeing the experience through their eyes! Also, I totally get their fascination with naked people pictures. They are probably thinking, “Whoa! I can’t believe I’m seeing naked people in public. And my parents are letting me take pictures of them! Cool!”

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    LOL. Can’t blame them, it is a bit shocking… 😉

    And in order to answer your question, we’d actually have to take the kids to a museum. Give me a few more years to gather my courage…

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    interesting museum! catching for my entry..happy WW day!

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    Globetrotter says:

    better late than never…nice museum to visit!

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    Twitter: BFLife

    Hahahaha! Amazing! I hope you keep those pictures and show them when they grow up what kind of things they documented!