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

5 Star Rating Beautiful museum and park in the middle of the city. The gardens are really peaceful and a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect place to relax. The house contains an amazing collection, as does the outside garden. When I went, I was on crutches for a stress fracture and they supplied me with a wheelchair, which was very helpful. It didn't work very well outside because of the gravel paths, but inside the house it was great. Highly recommend.

Jean Haley - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating the best-known of Rodin's works, The Thinker (1880–1882), sits outside the museum in the entry courtyard. Visitors once entered through a cast of The Gates of Hell, located at the main entrance to the museum, which is no longer used. This massive 5.5-m-tall bronze doorway was originally created for the Museum of Decorative Arts (which was to have been located in Paris but never came into existence). Rodin sculpted more than 100 figures for these doors from 1880 until his death in 1917. This casting is one of the three originals; several others have been made since. Several of his most famous works, including The Thinker, are actually studies for these doors which were later expanded into separate works. The museum's several rooms house many more of the artist's works, including The Kiss (1886), Eternal Springtime (1884), The Age of Bronze (1875–76), and The Burghers of Calais, a monument commissioned by the City of Calais in 1884.

vaghela ashok - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Peaceful, beautiful, quiet, secluded. Nowhere near as much art as The Louvre, but going through this museum is like thumbing through Rodin's sketchbook and masterpieces. Go early and be among the first there to discover Rodin personally. I highly recommend it-- you will LOVE it!!

Emily Scharen - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely amazing collection of works by Rodin and contemporaries. Impressively expressive works, all the masterpieces, in addition to various studies and stages, exquisitely exposed in the spaces the master inhabited in his final years. The visitor is guided through the rooms roughly by period, and thereby can see the development of the artist through years and periods. The pieces by contemporary artists, painters as well as other sculptors, elegantly support the narrative of the exposition, and deepen the insight into one of the most prolific artistic eras. The garden is absolutely lovely, and the setting and surroundings breathe an almost meditative peace in hectic Paris, which gives all the more room for the inner turmoil of the works on display. Those who leave do not look at the world the same way as when they entered. Highly recommended, and very reasonably priced.

Stephan Bezoen - 2 months ago

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