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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:45 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: 79 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 4.4 out of 5

5 Star Rating Fantastic museum preserved in a beautiful house. The sculture gardens were lovely to explore and very peaceful. The exhibitions were fascinating, not only Rodin's own work but also artists he'd collected, including a wonderful Monet and Van Gogh. So much more than just the Thinker!

llamallama088 - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Magnificent! And I only saw it in winter. Will return in spring when the garden is in full bloom to counterpoint the original works. Back in spring 2017. Gardens are truly wonderful. I wondered if anyone was home?

Ian Leslie - 24 days ago

4 Star Rating I'll be honest in that I'm not a huge fan of Rodin. I understand his contributions in the art world but do not necessarily enjoy a majority of his early work. Having said that, the museum itself is tastefully done and the grounds on which his work are show are beautiful. Well worth the price of admission.

craig slota - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Very beautiful both inside and outside, although the central part of the garden is currently undergoing renovations. Well worth the €10 to visit the museum proper itself. Rodin was a singular figure, driven by passion and that's evident in most of his works.

Eugene Vin - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating What more can I say than this place is awesome. Unfortunately the garden was closed because of the rain and because they were setting up for an event later than evening. The museum itself is amazing. The works of Rodin are amazing. They have them on display in such a way that they almost tell a story as you are walking through. There are also some Van Gogh and Claude Monet pieces of art scattered throughout the museum that are nice to look at.

Ben Irving - 1 month ago

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

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