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 – 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 Spectacular museum housing Rodin's best work. The focus of the museum allows for a deep appreciation of Rodin's development. The house and grounds are worth the price of admission itself.

Julian Gindi - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place. Did you know the Thinker is based on Dante Alighieri, pausing in hell in contemplation? 10euros for full tariff entry. Worth every penny.

Jude Kasijo - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful museum with lots of lush green area to roam. There are several areas to visit outside... the front garden area to the right with The Thinker, to the left with the Gates of Hell, further back with rows of trees, and the back area with the pond. Overall, a nice place to visit.

Joy Loo - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating My wife and I stopped here on our way to the Pantheon. It had stopped raining, so we wanted to walk around the famous gardens. Entrance was 2€ per person (full rate). As soon as you enter the gardens, you'll find a path leading to the right, taking you to 'The Thinker' and to your left, you'll find 'The Gates of Hell'. We chose to head towards the right and spent an hour looking at different sculptures and walking/sitting around. There are plenty of sign boards in English and French which provide an introductory biography of Rodin and information on some of his works. The area in front of 'The Gates of Hell' is magical, with lovely sculptures and greenery. The gardens must be absolutely beautiful in Spring and Autumn. Highly recommend a visit here which is easily accessible after seeing the Eiffel Tower or the nearby 'Les Invalides', on foot.

AL S - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating An exceptional museum inside and out! Do not leave Paris without seeing this! The museum (it's a house) itself is gorgeous, but the masterpieces inside are exceptional. It includes many original pieces of Rodin's (sculptures and otherwise), as well as artwork that he himself collected during his life. Beyond the museum, the gardens are exquisite and house some of his most famous works. I highly recommend you go first thing in the morning. And although it's relatively small, prepare to spend a few hours.

Tina Frena - 4 months ago

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