Rodin's Penseur at the Musée Rodin in Paris.
Rodin's Thinker at the Musée Rodin. (Photo by Nicholas Boos)

Rodin's Paris studio is one of the world's greatest small museums, filled with and surrounded by the master's sculptures

NOTE: The Rodin Musem is undergouing an extensive renovation, scheduled to be finished in fall 2015. Until then, only parts are open—though the most famous works are in a temproarily display.

This place is one of my favorite small museums anywhere. The Hôtel Biron, the 18th century mansion that became the studio in which Rodin worked from 1908 until his death in 1917, has been converted into a museum to house some of the artist's greatest works.

More Rodins in Paris
• Musée d'Orsay
• Musée du Petit Palais
• Tuileries gardens
• Musée Maillol / Fondation Dina Vierny
Once the critics stopped assailing Rodin's art (he was denied admittance to the Paris art academy three times), they realized he had been the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo and began lauding his works.

In the quiet rose gardens surrounding the house you'll find many sculptural icons, including:

Inside the Hôtel Biron (reopened after a renovation in April 2012) are collected many famed sculptures, including:

Also on display are some of Rodin's drawings and works by his friends and contemporaries.

Rodin Museum tips

Planning your time

Spend at least an hour at the Rodin Museum—I'd say spend 2–3 hours, but then again I'm a huge fan, and I like relaxing in the gardens, sketching the statues.

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Free admission with a sightseeing card

Get into the Rodin Museum for free (and skip the line at the ticket booth) with either the Paris Museum Pass (sights) or the Paris PassParis Pass (sights + transport + attractions).

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The Rodin is free once a month

Admission to the Rodin Museum is free—and the museum is intensely crowded—on the first Sunday of every month.

Great Rodin quotes
  • I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
  • The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
  • I invent nothing, I rediscover.
  • The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and color are better or worse than in others.
  • To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.
  • Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
  • He who is discouraged after a failure is not a real artist.
  • There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.
  • Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
  • Recently I have taken to isolating limbs, the torso. Why am I blamed for it? Why is the head allowed and not portions of the body? Every part of the human figure is expressive.
  • Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

 

 

 



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The Cathedral (and other works) in the Rodin Museum, Paris
The Cathedral (1908) and other works in the Rodin Museum. (Photo courtesy of the Musée Rodin)

 

 

Les Trois Ombres by Rodin in the gardens of the Rodin Museum, Paris
The Three Shades (1886) in the gardens of the Rodin Museum, Paris