Rodin Museum, Paris - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

Rodin Museum Tours & Activities

About Rodin Museum

Dedicated primarily to the works of Auguste Rodin, a French Sculptor, the Rodin Museum is a collection of his work adorning the streets of Paris. The museum is also popularly known as the Musee Rodin. The two locations for the Rodin museum make it a stunning presence at both Central Paris and right on the outskirts of the city.

Thousands of drawings, iconic photographs, historically significant sculptures and other revolutionary artworks have been displayed at this museum, making it a must-visit for every tourist who sets afoot in Paris. The museum's interior at both of its locations is well lit, with tasteful decorations lying around.

Paintings by world-renowned artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre Auguste are displayed here. Camille Claudel and Claude Monet also find a place within the museum in the form of beautiful sculptures and paintings. Whether you are an art or a history enthusiast, visiting the Rodin Museum is a must if you are on tour in Paris.

How to Reach Rodin Museum

- By Metro:
Catch a subway from the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris to the Line 13 Varenne station to get to Rodin Museum.

- By Bus: No direct buses operate between the two places. You may take a combination of buses or metro and buses to reach the Rodin Museum from Charles de Gaulle.

- By Car: It takes about an hour to drive from the airport to the Rodin Museum. Take the A1 route.

What Not to Miss at Rodin Museum

Artworks that you should not miss at the Rodin Museum are:

1. The Kiss
An exquisite marble sculpture depicting an Italian noblewoman of the 13th century and her lover, the Kiss is one of the most prominent displays at the Rodin Museum. The actual sculpture was recreated several times by Auguste Rodin and has been an inspiration for several outstanding books and films.

On the orders of the French governments and later that of various noblemen and women, Auguste Rodin created several life-sized and miniature versions of the sculpture. Do not forget to have a look at this sculpture while at Rodin Museum and learn more about history.

2. Fugit Amor
A significant dedication to Dante Aligheri’s portrayal of Francesca da Ramini’s love affair with Paolo Malatesta, the Fugit Amor is a gorgeous marble statue by Auguste Rodin, displayed right at the Gates of Hell in the Rodin Museum.

If you are a fan of literature or simply enjoy looking at iconic artworks, do not forget to check this sculpture out. The cast for this sculpture was made in bronze whereas the actual work in marble. 

3. Age of Maturity By Camille Claudel
This extraordinary sculpture was designed by French artist Camille Claudel, only the plaster of which remains in Musee Rodin's possession today. The private bronzer casting is frequently displayed at various exhibits and the Museum building. Camille Claudel was a student of Auguste Rodin. The statue depicts three naked figures, an older man and a woman and a younger woman.

4. The Gates of Hell
Depicting the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, the Gates of Hell is a life-sized pair of gates containing 180 figures. It forms a crucial portion of the Rodin Museum. Rodin originally wanted a grand entrance to the flight of stairs that leads up to the rest of the museum.

As a result, he took Dante's work as inspiration for the experience of hell, warning onlookers about the mysteries of hell. The Directorate of Fine Arts commissioned the Gates of Hell sculpture in 1880. Until he died in 1917, Rodin worked extensively on this project for 37 years. Interestingly, Rodin used the basement of Hotel Biron for working on this sculpture. 

5. The Thinker
Used for years to depict Philosophy, the Thinker is an incredible artwork by Auguste Rodin. It is a depiction of the thinking process, a man sitting on a stone pedestal with a hand on the chin. The sculpture is usually recreated in heroic sizes. About 28 life-sized castings of the statue exist.

However, Rodin did not personally supervise the building of each of the 28 casts. The idea behind the Thinker is closely linked with the intention of Gates of Hell. According to Rodin, both intellect and poetry are represented by the sculpture, just like Michelangelo's various art pieces.

Places to Visit Around the Rodin Museum

1. Les Invalides
A complex of intricate buildings in Paris’ seventh arrondissement, the Les Invalides is a marvellous place to explore while on a Paris tour. A diverse set of buildings all depicting France’s military history in addition to a hospital and a war veteran retirement home are contained within the Les Invalides area.

The Les Invalides also includes Paris's tallest church at 107 metres and even the tomb of Napoleon. You must visit the area if you are looking to delve deeper into the history of medieval and modern French history.

2. Army Museum
The National military museum of Paris is in the Les Invalides area and is undoubtedly one of the most frequented spots of the city. It contains over 500000 units of artillery, weapons, handicrafts and war reminders. It was created in 1905 to commemorate the unique history of France's military and the strength of its army.

All the permanent exhibits at the museums are organized to give each visitor an organized tour of the museum in chronological order. Do not forget to visit the central courtyard and have a look at the Modern displays to have a look at some of the most delicate pieces of artillery.

3. Musee D'Orsay
Situated on the left bank of the Seine River, the Musee d'Orsay is a magnificent museum that every tourist should have on their itinerary. It houses paintings, sculptures and sketches by great artists such as Manet, van Gogh and Monet.

It has both impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces displays within its premises. The most exciting fact about this museum is that it was previously a railways station and remained that way until 1939. 

4. Louvre Museum
Perhaps the defining monuments of art and history anywhere in the world’s the Louvre is the largest museum of its kind. It is also one of the most frequented historical buildings in the world and originated as a castle. Situated on the Seine’s right bank in the 1st arrondissement, the Louvre is a must-visit for both tourists and locals alike.

Because of the sheer vastness of its collections, the entire museum has a total pf eight curatorial departments responsible for the display, acquisition and care for different art genres. Visit here if you wish to have a look at world-renowned artworks and sculptures while basking in the museum’s architectural beauty. 

5. Pont Alexandre III
Covering the majestic Seine is the Pont Alexandre deck bridge in Paris, a place every tourist must-go-to for the exquisite views. It connects the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides with Champs Elysees. The architectural style of the bridge is a distinct Beaux-Arts, with several nymphs, cherubs and horses incorporated into the structure.

Noveau Lamps are also installed all over the deck. Tsar Alexandre III, the King responsible for the conclusion of the Franco Prussian Alliance, is the namesake for this bridge. The building style is immensely similar to the Grand Palais, a historical complex located on one side of the bridge.

Other Essential Information About Rodin Museum

- Location:
Rue de Varenne, 79 (Hotel Biron)

- Timings:
Tuesday to Sunday (10 AM to 6:30 PM)

- Entry Fee Details:

1. Adults - $12
2. EU Residents aged 18-25 years - $9
3. Garden Only Entry - $1
4. Free Entry with Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass

History of Rodin Museum

In 1919, the Rodin Museum was first opened. At the time, it was housed in a vast Parisian Mansion called the Hôtel Peyriac de Moras. The mansion itself was built in the 1700s, but its popularity grew dramatically after the establishment of the Rodin museum within it. Jean Aubert, the personal architect of the King at the time, is credited with the designing of the Musee Rodin. 

By the 1900s, the mansion underwent several renovations and came to be known as the Hotel Biron, which is today, the site of the Central Paris version of the Rodin Museum. It is now wholly a museum, with most of the architecture reflecting the regal and preservatory styles of the other Parisian Museums.

Interesting Facts about the Rodin Museum

While the actual building which contains the Rodin museum opened somewhere in the 1700s, the museum opened to the public in 1919, the same year that entire Europe first became engulfed in World War I.

- Many Parisian museums are known to have extended premises at various locations around the world. For Rodin museum, its two sites are Hotel Biron and Villa des Brilliants at Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine.

- The Rodin museum is one of the very few museums in the world to be dedicated only to the works of a particular artist, in its case, Auguste Rodin. However, this does not imply that the museum does not house by other notable artists. 

- According to historical records, Auguste Rodin made and recreated several of his artworks on instructions of the French Government. For his work, he utilized the basement of Hotel Biron. He donated all his artworks on the condition that the building in which he works would be turned into a museum dedicated to his work.

In addition to his paintings and sculptures, he also donated his collections of works by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh. 

- Some of the most famous exhibits at the museum are The Thinker, Adam and Eve, Man with a Broken Nose, the Age of Adam, The Balzac, The Burghers of Calais and Ugolino.

Places to Eat Near the Rodin Museum

1. Restaurant MIDO
Visiting France does not mean you only get to try French food. Head to this elegant Japanese restaurant after you are finished with your Rodin Museum tour. This place serves impressive hand-crafted sushi and some of the most excellent wines of France. The décor is modern and chic and reminds one of Asian culture.

2. Auguste
The Auguste Restaurant at 54, Rue de Borgogne has found a mention in the prestigious Michelin Guide. If that is not a testimony to its excellence, the delicious Haute French food it serves undoubtedly is.

The lovely ambience is perfect both for a romantic dinner and a full family meal. You can also try an extensive selection of cocktails and French wines here. Do not forget to try the fixed course a la carte and the lamb dishes.

3. Tavolino
While in a European country, it is almost impossible to ignore the deliciousness of Italian food. Tavolino, an Italian restaurant located near the Rodin Museum, is the perfect place to enjoy Italian delicacies like Antipasti, Carbonara and Pizza.

Tavolino is known for its pleasant taste and exceptional kinds of pasta. Be it a healthy salad or a cheesy macaroni dish; you will find it all here. Moreover, you can also request to try Italian wines and enjoy the serene ambience while at a romantic dinner. 

4. Restaurant-le 122
This gorgeous upscale restaurant near the Rodin museum is the perfect treat for your tastebuds. Whether you wish to try French or International food, a visit to this restaurant is a must.

Try the Sea bass carpaccio with mango and passion fruit, artichoke soup and smoked duck breasts. The well-priced wine selection is an added perk of this restaurant. 

5. Le Florimond
According to the Michelin guide, this restaurant has a convivial bistro-like atmosphere. Its steak and salmon dishes are both beautifully presented and artfully prepared.

You can even try some countryside dishes of French cuisine. Visit here if you are looking for a pleasant and comfortable experience, a good wine menu and an enjoyable ambience.

Places to Stay Near the Rodin Museum

1. Hôtel La Bourdonnais Paris
This chic and upscale Parisian restaurant is a short distance away from hotel Rodin. Its rooms are warm, spacious and contain minibars. With Wi-fi and flat-screen TVs in every room, this hotel does not fall short on the entertainment front either.

For a small fee, you can also enjoy a hearty continental breakfast in the morning while taking in a gorgeous view of the streets of Paris. It also has bars, tea rooms and conference rooms.

2. Hôtel Le Tourville
Hôtel Le Tourville is a neo-classical style hotel situated near the Rodin Museum and the Eiffel tower. With flat-screen TVs, iPod Docks and wi-fi in every room, it keeps guests fulfilled and comfortable at all times.

You can even book a suite if you wish to experience whirlpool hot tubs and grandiose fireplaces to relax by. Laundry services are also available at this hotel.

3. Hotel Montebello
The Montebello Hotel is located on the street with a mostly traditional architectural backdrop. This modern apartment hotel is a stark yet beautiful contrast to the classical buildings that line the neighbourhood.

You can rent apartments with small kitchenettes, bathrooms, dishwashers, flat-screen TVs and living rooms. This is a perfect living option for those who desire less of a tourist and more of a local experience while on a Paris trip.

4. Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa
For those who desire ultimate luxury out of their vacation, this is the perfect hotel to stay at. With minibars, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary wi-fi, rooms are spacious and tailored to provide maximum comfort. You can opt for a suite with a private balcony and a fireplace.

A fine-dining restaurant, an indoor pool and a spa are also available at this restaurant, making it perfect for a quiet day for luxuriating in a Parisian glow. Do not forget to try out a fulfilling French Breakfast with delicious croissants in the beautiful restaurant of this hotel.

Traveller's Tips before visiting the Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum might not allow you to photograph every single one of its exhibits. For some particular ones, you might even have to submit your cameras and mobile phones to the authorities or keep them in a locker.

It is always a good idea to call the museum authorities and check in advance about cameras and mobile phones usage.

- The Rodin museum is a vast space. You might have to walk around for hours. Wear comfortable shoes, so you do not hurt your feet.

- Carry with you a small bag containing essentials like a water bottle, some snacks and a light jacket for evenings.

- Make sure to read the plaques describing the history of every single one of the art pieces. You might also receive detailed pamphlets about some exhibits or be offered a museum guide to make your trip more meaningful.
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