Exploring the Rodin Museum

posted by Sharon January 20, 2019 36 Comments
Rodin Museum Paris

The Rodin Museum in Paris in its updated style, houses sculptures, drawings, and work in progress of Auguste Rodin. The museum is in the former Hotel Biron estate, where the artist lived for the last years of his life. The mansion was also home to painter Henri Matisse and dancer Isadora Duncan. Rodin was the only tenant from 1911 until his death in 1918. Rodin Museum

The gardens welcome you to wander and enjoy the sculptures scattered throughout. The Thinker, Rodin’s premier artwork, sits just inside the entrance. It is quite intriguing to come upon this detailed artwork sitting among a ring of brightly colored flowers, hidden by tall bushes until you walk through a clearing. You can move all the way around and view The Thinker from different angles. It’s amazing to stand in the presence of Rodin’s masterpiece. Rodin MuseumRodin MuseumRodin MuseumA rose garden, tree-lined lanes, wide lawns, and terraces make up the garden area. The many bronze versions of Rodin’s iconic works on display include The Monument to the Burghers of Calais, The Gates of Hell and of course, The Thinker. So even if you’re not a fan of museums, you can find plenty to marvel over here. Rodin MuseumRodin MuseumRodin MuseumRodin MuseumRodin Museum

Inside the Rodin Museum, the displays are arranged chronologically. You can rent an audio guide that will explain in detail some of the holdings of the museum. I found this helpful, though the guide focuses on only a few pieces in each of the many rooms.

On the ground floor you see examples of the artist’s training. Many sketches and unfinished works are in the museum. This allows you to understand the experiments Rodin used to come up with his final masterpieces. Models and unfinished works give you a glimpse into the creative process. Rodin MuseumRodin MuseumRodin MuseumRodin Museum

The wide, winding staircase to the upper floor leads to displays showing that Rodin not only produced art but he also collected it. Some of his personal holdings are on display here, such as a painting titled “Père Tanguy” by Vincent Van Gogh.

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Rodin’s most modern art is in the last rooms of the tour. Here you will find one of his signature works, The Kiss. Rodin Museum

The museum was created by Rodin in 1916 when he donated to the French state his own work as well as his collections. Rodin wrote, a few years before his death:

“I give the State all my works in plaster, marble, bronze and stone, and my drawings, as well as the collection of antiquities that I had such pleasure in assembling for the education and training of artists and workers. And I ask the State to keep all these collections in the Hôtel Biron, which will be the Musée Rodin, reserving the right to reside there all my life.” Rodin Museum

Because of his generosity, anyone can enjoy Rodin’s art today.

Sitting behind walls, the Rodin Museum is easy to walk by and miss. Look for the hanging red sign in the 7th arrondissement, just across the street from the Invalides, with its very visible golden dome. Rodin MuseumRodin MuseumRodin MuseumThe former chapel now contains the ticket office, a gift shop, and changing exhibits. Open every day except Tuesday, the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for youth. Check the website for more information. Rodin Museum

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36 Comments

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Mary Lynn Eisenbarth January 20, 2019 at 10:10 am

Such a good blog….
Sharon,you are such a gifted writer.

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William Kendall January 20, 2019 at 10:28 am

Spectacular! I would love to see that museum for myself someday.

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Patrick Weseman January 20, 2019 at 11:37 am

What a beautiful place. I would love to visit there some day. You took some great pics.

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Su-sieee! Mac January 20, 2019 at 6:04 pm

That Van Gogh paintin, wowza. His colors and that sweet smile on the man. I’m impressed with Rodin making sure a museum was made for the world to see into his mind and soul. You have me wanting to visit his museum.

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Mersad January 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm

Such a stunning place. The gardens are so well kept and the buidling itself amazing. Thank you for linking up with “Through My Lens”

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Margaret Birding For Pleasure January 20, 2019 at 11:04 pm

What a wonderful place to explore and I ot all the art works

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 21, 2019 at 3:27 am

He was a master! Amazing to see his works in Paris!

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Laurie January 21, 2019 at 7:15 am

How wonderful! I must visit the next time we are in Paris. We have a Rodin museum in Philadelphia, which I love, but I am sure it is nothing like the one in Paris!

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Noodle cat January 21, 2019 at 7:58 am

Great photo essay!
Thanks for sharing.

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junieper2/Jesh StG January 21, 2019 at 9:12 am

Really a treat to share Sharon! who doesn’t know “the Thinker?” And a second thinker:):)
The Kiss is also beautiful! Many thanks for sharing this beauty with all of us and with All Seasons! Jesh

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Carol January 21, 2019 at 9:42 am

I love Rodin and would love to see the museum in person. Gorgeous photos BTW. I did take a tour of the Rodin statues at Stanford University once but I know it didn’t compare to this.

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Lady Fi January 21, 2019 at 11:41 am

Wow – so many marvels!

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Linda Walcroft January 21, 2019 at 8:22 pm

Looks like a great museum!

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rupam { xhobdo } January 22, 2019 at 10:31 pm

Awesome pics

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riitta k January 23, 2019 at 12:06 am

Fantastic photos & great report – thank you so much!

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Rhonda Albom January 23, 2019 at 10:46 am

I love Rodin’s sculptures. I wish I had time to visit this museum when I was in Paris. It is fortunate that many of his sculptures can be seen throughout the world.

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Sara January 23, 2019 at 10:55 am

Beautiful photos. I really like the gardens and think they would be enjoyable in the spring. We’re headed to Paris in 3 weeks, so not sure if it will be warm enough yet… but definitely thinking of trying to check out the museum if we have time. We purchased the Museum pass, so there will be no shortage of places to visit. 😉

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel January 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

I would love to visit this museum! The building, the gardens, the art – there is nothing missing. It must have been a huge, empty place to live in on his own though.

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Esther January 23, 2019 at 11:08 pm

Oh, how lovely. Beautiful photos! I didn’t make it to this museum when I was in Paris, but would absolutely love to visit.
#WanderfulWednesday

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Lady Fi January 24, 2019 at 10:54 am

What lovely shots – looks like you had a lot of fun there.

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California Globetrotter January 25, 2019 at 12:25 am

I would much prefer an art gallery that is chronologically organized as then I can see the progress or the different stages the artist went through. #FeetDoTravel

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) January 25, 2019 at 9:14 am

This is one of my favourite museums in Paris so it’s a delight to read your post. I really love the building – it’s the perfect showcase for those beautiful sculptures. Thanks for inspiring my Paris wanderlust on #FarawayFiles

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Sarah January 25, 2019 at 11:56 am

This is beautiful – thanks for sharing! I actually went to the Rodin museum myself many years ago so it was nice to revisit it in your post 🙂

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Jenn | By Land and Sea January 25, 2019 at 6:37 pm

What a beautiful spot to take in such a great sculpture!

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Alex - My Life Long Holiday January 26, 2019 at 9:52 am

We loved it here too when we visited a few years ago, brilliant place. And also a lovely little area of Paris. #farawayflies

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) January 26, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Loving those beautiful gardens and sculptures, and Rodin had a Van Gough as part of his personal collection? Wow, and a lovely piece as well. I will be honest, I haven’t heard of this museum until now so thanks for sharing. #feetdotravel

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Sarah January 27, 2019 at 8:41 am

So delighted to read an article on one of my favourite Parisian museums. The garden is such an oasis of peace in the heart of the city. Lovely photos! #FarawayFiles

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hilary January 27, 2019 at 9:43 am

We’ve not been to this museum, but have seen some of Rodin’s sculptures in other cities! Who can resist posing with the famous The Thinker! #farawayfiles

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Corey | Fifi + Hop January 27, 2019 at 12:37 pm

I can’t believe I’ve never been to this in Paris! I love sculpture gardens so know I’d like it. How great that he passed on over all his work – what a talent! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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Trish January 28, 2019 at 4:09 am

I remember going to the Rodin museum with my husband and son in about 2012 I think. We had glorious February weather so my photos of The Thinker also have that wonderful blue sky background. #farawayfiles

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pienilintu January 29, 2019 at 11:39 am

must be a lovely place to visit!

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Megan - Truly Madly Kids January 29, 2019 at 1:20 pm

I love that he gifted all his work to the state, how incredible. It looks absolutely stunning – your post has made me want to visit. #mondayescapes

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Bryna | Dotted Line Travels January 29, 2019 at 5:31 pm

I’ve never been here but it looks very intriguing! I’m not the most educated when it comes to the fine arts, but I have come to discover that I do appreciate sculptures so I think I would love to visit this museum!

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Daisy - Dais Like These February 3, 2019 at 10:20 am

It looks like a haven in amongst the city – I love the shot of The Thinker with the Tour Eiffel peeping in the background.
What a wonderful musuem with so many great Rodin pieces.
Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

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Katy Stern February 10, 2019 at 6:01 am

What a wonderful place to visit. I love the shot of The Thinker with the deep blue sky in the background, and wandering through the gardens sounds peaceful! Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

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