A Complete Guide to the Rodin Museum in Paris

A Tribute to France's Greatest Modern Sculptor

Auguste Rodin with some of his sculptures, 1910.
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Opened in 1919 in the private Parisian mansion where French sculptor Auguste Rodin assembled his greatest works, the Rodin Museum is consecrated to the complex life and oeuvre of one of France's most revered artists. The permanent collection at the main Paris site includes several masterpieces-- including "The Thinker" and lesser-known works from Rodin himself, his brilliant student Camille Claudel, and others.

Meanwhile, temporary exhibits explore lesser-known aspects of the artist's work. The Rodin Museum is also celebrated for its vast, stunning sculpture garden-- one that is invariably a pleasure to stroll and dream in. 

There is also a secondary site for the museum in Meudon, outside Paris, which houses plaster and wax studies of many of Rodin's most important works. I recommend that major admirers of Rodin visit the main site in Paris, then consider a trip to the Meudon branch to explore in further detail how Rodin developed his creative vision.

Temporary Exhibits: 

The Musee Rodin regularly hosts temporary exhibits that explore specific aspects of Rodin's work, his collaborations and mutual influences with other artists, and other themes. Visit this page for a list of current temporary exhibits at the museum.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection:

The permanent collection at the museum includes over 6,000 sculptures (many of which are housed in at the museum's secondary site at Meudon outside Paris) in bronze, marble, plaster, wax, and other materials.

The plasters are housed in Meudon, while the finished sculptures in marble and bronze are collected at the main Hotel Biron site in Paris.

The sculptures collection at the Hotel Biron site houses some of Rodin's most treasured works, including The Kiss, The Thinker, Fugit Amor, Thought, and a series of sculptures portraying celebrated French writer Honoré de Balzac.

There are also fifteen important works from Camille Claudel, Rodin's gifted student and on-again, off-again lover.

The collection at the Hotel Biron in Paris also features sketches, paintings and photographs used by Rodin for modelling in the early stages of his work, in addition to an extensive archive.

The Sculpture Garden at the Museum:

Admission to the lush sculpture garden situated behind the main museum will cost you an additional (nominal) fee-- but on a sunny, warm day, it's well worth the extra cost. Spread over three hectares, the sculpture garden features several monumental works in bronze from Rodin, in addition to several marble busts and statues dating to Roman antiquity. The garden also boasts a wide variety of plants and flowers, promenades lined with linden trees, a restaurant and a cafe.

Major Works From Rodin in the Garden:

Location and Contact Information

Address: 79, rue de Varenne, 7th arrondissement
Metro: Varenne, Invalides
Information on the Web: Visit the official website (in English)

Sights and Attractions Near the Museum:

Opening Hours:

The museum is open every day except Monday. Hours vary:

  • Museum, exhibition and museum store: 10:00 am to 5:45 pm (last tickets sold at 5:15 pm)
  • Sculpture garden and cafes: Open until 6:00 pm

Closing Days and Times: Closed on Mondays and on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Tickets and Admission:

For up-to-date details on tickets and admission discounts to the Musee Rodin, consult this page at the official website.

The Paris Museum Pass includes admission to the Rodin Museum (Buy Direct at Rail Europe).