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.

Currently Closed

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 4.6 out of 5Rodin Museum Star Rating

3 Star Rating Way to small for such a prolific artist who produced thousands of pieces of artwork. His own house being converted on to a museum was clever at the time, but surely it's time for another way to show the variety and quantity of artwork. That said...I love to return to this 'must see artist'.

Richard Watkins - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautifully done garden and museum in a perfect setting for Rodin's work. Exhibited work spans Rodin's career and includes even a few things he loved but didn't create ( a Monet, a Van Gogh... What a bonus!). The cafe in the garden is worth a stop, quiet and simple but with beautiful pastries, sandwiches, hot chocolate, etc. The "hidden doorway" to the restrooms inside is another fun surprise. By all means spend the extra couple of Euro for the audio tour. The commentary adds depth and insight to what you are seeing and greatly enhances your visit.

Ellen Sheppard - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Highly recommend this Parisian treasure trove of glorious sculptural wonders. Gasp at The Gates of Hell...detail is astounding. The smaller works inside are just as spectacular. Then of course, there"s The Thinker. Beauty and evocation...superb!

Denise Bailey - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I enjoy this museum on a fairly regular basis. I have visited the inside section a few times, but I recommend to spend more time on the gardens as you still get to see Rodin's work, and a beautiful overview of the Invalides palace.

Augustin Crochat - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Went there with about 10 minutes left before closing just wanting to go see the Thinker statue. They let us in for only two euro just to see the statue and hit up the gift shop. Very nice and accommodating. Judging by what I saw, it seems like the right kind of museum for those who like sculptures - less historical stuff like the Egypt stuff at the Louvre, but great art none the less. Next time in Paris, I'll spend more time going through.

Daniel Robinson - 2 months ago

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