Paris Sightseeing: The Thinker Statue in the Rodin Sculpture Garden

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    Rodin Sculpture Garden: The Thinker

    Rodin's The Thinker
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    Auguste Rodin was an eminent sculptor, famous during his time, and still famous today for such pieces as The Kiss and The Thinker. Most of Rodin's major works are housed in the Musee Rodin, which is located on the Left Bank of Paris within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.

    A better bet for family sightseeing, however, is the sculpture garden that surrounds the museum. It's a lovely spot, dotted with huge sculptures, the air sweet with roses. For a small charge, the sculpture garden can be visited separately from the museum. Kids under 18 are free, and the family rate is just one euro.

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    Rodin Sculpture Garden

    Garden at the Rodin Museum
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    The museum is housed in what was the Hotel Biron on rue Varenne. Rodin loved the building. Beginning in 1908, rented four rooms to use as his studios. Three years later, when his studio occupied the whole building, the French government purchased the Hotel Biron. Rodin made a deal where he would donate all his works to the French government on the condition that his art would always be housed in the Hotel Biron, which would become the Musée Rodin, and the artist would have the right to live there for the rest of his life.

    “Nature and Antiquity are the two great sources of life for an artist. In any event, Antiquity implies nature. It is its truth and its smile.” - Rodin

    The sculpture garden surrounding the museum is a great place to let kids run around. Stretching over 7.5 acres, the grounds are then divided into a rose garden to the north of the museum, and a large ornamental garden to the south.

    In 1908, Rodin started to place some of his works in the garden. Today the gardens contain about 20 bronzes displayed, including The Gates of Hell, whose image was inspired from Dante's Inferno

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    Lake by the Rodin Sculpture Garden

    Rodin Museum, Paris
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    The little lake in the Rodin Museum garden is a lovely spot for families to have a rest or a picnic. Also, food is available at an outdoor restaurant right on the museum grounds.

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    Rodin Museum Metro Stop

    Rodin Sculptures in the Varenne Metro Station
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    If you arrive at the Varenne Metro station, you can also see some of Rodin's sculptures on the platform. The building is served by Metro Line 13 (stop is Varenne or Invalides) and R.E.R line C (stop is Invalides).