Musée Rodin

Paris, France

The Musée Rodin was opened in 1919 and is dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It has two sites, at the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris, and just outside Paris at Rodin's old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine). The collection includes 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs and 7,000 objets d’art. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.

While living in the Villa des Brillants Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his workshop from 1908, and subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures (along with paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir that he had acquired) to the French State on the condition that they turn the buildings into a museum dedicated to his works.

The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum is one of the most accessible museums in Paris. It is located near a Metro stop, Varenne, in a central neighborhood and the entrance fee is very reasonable. The gardens around the museum building contain many of the famous sculptures in natural settings. Behind the museum building is a small lake and casual restaurant.

The museum has also a room dedicated to works of Camille Claudel. Some paintings by Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh which were in Rodin's personal collections are also presented. The Musée Rodin collections are very diverse, as Rodin used to collect besides being an artist.



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Rue de Varenne 79, Paris, France
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Founded: 1919
Category: Museums in France


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Aive Rahaman (2 years ago)
Rodin Museum is located a short distance from the Eiffel Tower. A visit to Paris would be incomplete without just seeing the Eiffel Tower. So it should also be seen.... The Musee Rodin's sculptures may be the main attraction, but his paintings, sketches and ceramics are also worth a visit. Three stars because the museum is great, a haven of peace in the heart of Paris. Not so crowded, the gardens are great, the museum is beautiful. Although there is not enough space to sit inside the building, it is very hot inside, the wind was unbearable. But you won't miss the ground. The seven-acre garden showcases Rodin's work in a stunning natural setting. The perfect harmony of this garden, built around the new visitor circuit between Rodin's monument and the Hotel Biron, will make you want to stay in Paris. I enjoyed myself..beautiful place and decorated with sculptures. To me it is super museum.
Lidia (2 years ago)
Beautiful museum that’s quite hidden! You don’t need to buy ahead, you can just go there and buy there (no queue when we were there). There’s a beautiful garden and a wonderful house with various sculptures and artwork. Recommend! Pros: - Beautiful sculptures - Garden you can chill at - Cafe inside - Don’t need to buy tickets ahead - Not too crowded Cons: - Not the nicest toilets - No AC
Mitch Kahan (2 years ago)
Really nice museum with many sculptures by Rodin (both inside and outside). It even has a few paintings by Van Gogh and others. The outside is a very nice garden. The only warning is that the indoor portion can get very very hot (not air conditioned) and while there are fans in all the rooms, the air circulation is not great (I was also there when it was 40 Celsius though).
Lien Kepien (2 years ago)
Probably my most favorite activity and museum in Paris. The rose garden at the entrance is sublime. Stroll the peaceful gardens and see all of Rodin's beautiful and large bronze sculptures in the garden. Go inside to see mostly sculptures in marble. Not far from Rue Grenelle for those who want to shop at the incredible boutiques on this street!
Olga (3 years ago)
One of most important museums in Paris and a must to visit. Small and cozy with amazing gardens with sculptures. Great art collection. The temporary Picasso-Rodin exhibition was very interesting! I spent approximately 4 hours there, there are a lot to see!! If you book tickets online you don’t have to wait… recommended ?? The souvenir shop is also very interesting.. the prices are a bit overpriced Overall the museum a must! Amazing!! Strongly recommended
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