Auguste Rodin is often hailed as the forefather of modern sculpture. His engaging realist works afforded him great praise as well as hearty criticism by 19th century art amateurs. Today, his sculptures are some of the most widely recognized and respected and one of the best places to appreciate them is the Musée Rodin in Paris’ 7th arrondissement.
Why We Love It
The Rodin Museum opened in 1919 when the artist granted the French state the permission to preserve his plaster moulds and create reproductions. The Hotel Biron, essentially an 18th Century mansion, was chosen to house the collection, which possesses over 6,000 of the artist’s works in sculpture and 7,000 works on paper. So, no only do we have access to an enormous body of work, but it’s displayed in one of Paris’ most beautiful pieces of architecture.
The garden is without a doubt what makes this museum more than special. Thematic strolls in the gardens are recommended by the museum, allowing you to view Rodin’s sculptures amongst blossoming roses or under the shade of leafy trees. Bring a picnic or check out the lovely Café Rodin for a bite to eat and a coffee.Location 79, rue de Varenne, 7th arrondissement Metro: Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (lines 13 and 8) Museum and Garden Hours Open everyday but Monday, 10 AM to 5:45 PM Admission Fee 9 euros for the museum and garden 2 euros for the garden only