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79, rue de Varenne (7th Arr.)
(33) 01-44-18-61-10 | www.musee-rodin.fr
HOURS/TIMESTue.-Sun.: 10:00am-5:45pm; Mon.: Closed; Jan. 1, May 1, and Dec. 25: Closed
PRICE (ADMISSION)Museum: Family: EUR 10; Adult: EUR 6; Youth (18-25): EUR 5; Child (under 18): Free; Exhibition and Museum: Family: EUR 10; Adult: EUR 10; Youth (18-25): EUR 7; Child (under 18): Free; Gardens: Adult: EUR 1; Youth (18-25): EUR 1; Child (under 18): Free
POPULAR TIMESSummer; weekends; first Sunday of the month
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSThe Thinker; sculpture garden
Housed in the grand 18th century manor Hôtel Biron, which Rodin used as his residence and studio during the final years of his life, this intimate museum and sculpture garden gives unparalleled insight into the artist’s life and work. (And all thanks to Rodin himself–he bequeathed his home to the government on the condition that it be used as a museum of his works.) The collection includes many of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, like The Thinker and The Kiss, as well as works given to him by his friends (think Van Gogh and Renoir) and mistress Camille Claudel.
GO HERE WITH
Art lovers; friends; a date - for a stroll in the sculpture garden; kids - for the reasonable family entrance rates and child-friendly exhibits
WHY WE LIKE IT
We dig being able to ramble around Rodin’s property as we look at the works, particularly the sculpture garden, which is absolutely gorgeous in the summer. It’s also a plus that the presentation of the artwork is simple, elegant, and informative–a delight after the overwhelming bulk of the Louvre. Another good point: the crowds here are decidedly smaller than at other museums.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
There’s a small casual café in the garden, which makes a nice spot for a relaxed summertime drink. Entry to the museum is free on the first Sunday of every month. The family rate ticket covers two adults and any accompanying children under 18. If you’re really into Impressionist art, you can also get a combo pass for the Musée d’Orsay for EUR 12. Audio guides are available for EUR 4 in French, English, Portuguese, German, and Spanish.
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