Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin)

Renowned sculpture Auguste Rodin offered all of his works to the Hotel Biron with the condition that they convert the hotel into a museum solely dedicated to the display of his works which it still is to this day

Beautiful garden welcomes visitors to Rodin Museum in Paris
Beautiful garden welcomes visitors to Rodin Museum in Paris cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by James Whitesmith

Auguste Rodin was a French artist who concentrated mainly on sculpture as his favoured medium. He was seen as a non traditionalist during his lifetime, especially with regards to his earlier works but, by the end of his life time, he had become the most famous French sculptor in the world. Rodin lived from 1840 to 1917. The Rodin museum or Musee Rodin was first opened in 1919, in what was then the Hotel Biron.

Rodin used the Hotel Biron as a work shop from around 1908 while living in the nearby Parisian suburb of Meudon in the Villa des Brillants. The legendary story is that Rodin loved the Hotel Biron so much that he offered all of his works to the hotel with the condition that they convert the hotel into a museum solely dedicated to the display of his works. This is still the case today and the Rodin museum displays all of Rodin's most well known works as well as lesser known works and sketches. Among the most famous works of Rodin on display are the works The Kiss, The Thinker (perhaps Rodin's most well known sculpture of all), The Gates of Hell, The Walking Man, The Burghers of Calais and The Age of bronze among many others.

There is a small pond behind the museum as well as a small and quaint little restaurant. The most fantastic fact regarding the Rodin Museum is that many of his most significant pieces are displayed throughout the magnificent and extensive gardens that surround the former Hotel Biron. This means that visitors to the museum can wonder throughout the beautiful landscape while admiring these spectacular sculptures. The Musee Rodin is conveniently located near to a Metro stop in Varne.

Nearby attraction: Les Invalides

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM

Address: 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France

Phone: 01 44 18 61 10

Official Website: Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin)

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M8Varenne2 minutes
M12Solférino‎11 minutes
M13 or RER CInvalides10 minutes

How to get to Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin) by Metro / RER

By Metro M8 or 12: From Metro Line 8 exit at Varenne Station and cross Rue de Vareene and follow it east to the entrance just ahead on your right. From Metro Line 12 exit at Solférino‎ Station via the Solferino exit and double back along Place Jacques Bainville and go left at the corner onto Rue Saint-Dominique and right at the next corner onto Rue de Bellechasse and continue south to to Rue de Vareene; cross over and go right until you get to the entrance on your left.

By Metro M13 or RER C: exit Invalides Station onto Rue Robert Esnault Pelterie and go right (south). Continue straight south on Rue de Constantine. At Place de Invalides bear left and then immediately right onto Blvd Des Invalides. Follow it to Rue de Vareene and go left (east) to the museum entrance on your right.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

3 Star Rating Only worth it if you really like sculpture and or Rodin. Otherwise for the price you are much better served by other museums in Paris. Still if you are in Paris on a Sunday why not give it a try

Manuel Nunes - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Was a nice escape from the streets, felt like a little sanctuary. While it didn't appear to be the biggest museum it definitely has some notable pieces to see. The grounds were well kept and the staff was nice and friendly, would recommend checking it out.

Steven Hall - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating The whispers and myths around Auguste Rodin is that he actually poured molten bronze over live bodies. I am not certain how true this myth might be but when looking at some of his life size bronze sculptures you certainly get a spooky sensation. Perhaps it is because his bronze pieces, small or large, depict the grotesque. The cultural significance of his work, e.g., The Gates of Hell, The Three Shades, etc. reflect on the impressionist movement of his era.

Virginia Benedict - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating One of my favorite places in Paris. If you appreciate sculptures you have to visit it. An extraordinary collections of works be the "father" of modern sculpture

Peter Stendys - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Houses both famous and more obscure pieces by Rodin. It was quite interesting to see his work at various stages. Housed in a mansion Rodin used to live in and surrounded by a beautiful rose and statuary garden. A bit sweaty in early July, but definitely worth it. Make sure to check out The Gates of Hell - it's an astonishing piece.

Gregory Robison - 3 months ago

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Slideshow presentation showing the amazing sculptures both in the garden and inside Musée Rodin

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