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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Founded: 1919
Category: Museums in France

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Zara Khan (17 months ago)
Beautiful museum space! A wonderful garden where you can walk, sit, chill and snack while you surround yourself with Rodin’s melancholy ladies and his over dramatic male statues. Many dignitaries, a true testament to our patriarchal society. The museum space is only open to the garden right now.
Dmitriy Korobov (18 months ago)
Home of beauty and grace. Movements in the stone. Kisses forever. Amazing gardens. Do not lose this museum among others in Paris. You will not regret!
Abigail Cai (2 years ago)
A marvelous museum. We appreciated all Rodin’s impressive masterpieces here in the museum. And we could also sit and fit in the sculpture park to enjoy a moment of inner peace in the crowded city. The staff are welcoming.
Simon Henzler (2 years ago)
The house is quite beautiful and the sculptures as well, there was not enough information posted however
Arthur Millet (2 years ago)
The museum is pretty good, the staff are friendly, and is it free for children. There are two down sides though: first, pencil are not free of charge. I got a booklet and I asked for a pencil and said that they were for sale. Second, it is kind of hot in there and there is no air conditioning, only a few fans. A bonus to this is that if you take the métro there at Varenne, you will see sculptures of Rodin in the station, but please not that there is no elevator in the station and the station is pretty small on its own and is not very deep. The museum requires all persons over 11 years old to wear a face covering and social distancing.
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