Rodin Museum, Paris

We enjoyed a visit to the Rodin Museum and gardens on our trip to Paris last month. We have visited this beautiful museum multiple times before but never tire of seeing the works of France’s most famous sculptor. Housed in a stunning manor house built in 1732, it was called Hôtel Biron when Rodin rented a number of rooms on the first floor. This nearly deserted hotel located in the 7th arrondissement was a popular spot for artists at that time. Rodin selected this location for the museum that would house his works, as well as pieces from his private collection – works by Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. The museum opened to the public in November 1919.

Auguste Rodin was born on November 12, 1840, in Paris’ 5th arrondissement, and is considered one of the most influential French sculptors. His work exemplifies the many stages and emotions involved in human existence, from birth to old age. No matter how many times I visit the museum, I am always moved by the intense emotion, struggle, anguish, and pain he presented in his works.

Our first visit in 1996

Last month, still pondering.

He was a poor student because he had undetected myopia (vision impairment), but showed an interest in drawing, so his parents enrolled him in Petite École, a Paris art school that is still open today. He studied there for three years, but it took him a while to become an artist and sculptor. He wanted to further his education in art, but was rejected three times by École des Beaux-Arts. He was discouraged, and one of his sisters had passed away around that time, so he joined a Catholic order. However, a priest determined that he was unfit for monastic life and encouraged him to return to his art.

The Orphan

His work took him to Belgium where he worked with Antoine-Joseph Van Rasbourgh, and then to Italy to study the works of Michelangelo. In 1908 he moved into the Hôtel Biron, and divided his time between his home and studio in Meudon, (not far from Paris) and the hotel. His home in Meudon is also a museum, and the two locations have thousands of his works.

Cathedral – two right hands. A study of life, death, and spirituality.

The Kiss represents the doomed lovers in Dante’s Inferno.

Excusez-moi monsieur. (Sorry – I couldn’t resist).

Mother and child

As you can probably tell from the photos, some of his works are quite large. Others, like the body parts in the photos above, are the size of a human hand.

In the gardens you’ll find the Burghers of Calais, the Gates of Hell, the Thinker, and others.

Burghers of Calais

The Gates of Hell

The Three Shades

Tickets for the museum run about €15 per person and include the garden, which has a full service restaurant. We visited on a Saturday morning in March and it was quite busy, so be sure to get an early start to avoid the crowds.

It was conveniently lunch time when we left the museum, so we starting walking in the direction of our hotel and stopped at the first restaurant we found, Le Standard. This cozy, comfortable restaurant has delicious food and very friendly servers.

theTravelsketcher had a beef dish called, Tigre qui pleure, the tiger who cries, and I had shrimp ravioli, both were delicious.

I think my favorites of Rodin’s works are Cathedral, Orphan, and the Kiss; do you have a favorite?

As always, I would love to hear from you.

All the best,


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  1. An interesting post about the Rodin museum. I haven’t seen it in 15 years now, but I spent a lot of time just admiring and appreciating. I always meant to go back but haven’t. I can’t say that I have a favourite; there are so many stunning pieces.

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  2. I honestly don’t know many of Rodin’s pieces and have only seen The Thinker and that was in Buenos Aires which I think is a cast. Something about that old man sculpture grabs me. I think it’s his attention to details, like the fold of quad muscle above the knee. Maggie

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  3. It was a good day, the garden was a bit breezy so we could not sit outside for long, yet that did not diminish our time there. The photos of me remind me that the sculptures of Rodin age better than I do, they look as fresh to day I am sure as they did the day he completed them.

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  4. Excusez moi, madame. Votre poste est tres interessant. (I’m sure there is an error or 3 in there.) The Rodin Museum is one of my all time favorites, and The Burghers of Calais is his sculpture I love the most. The Gates of Hell is pretty amazing, too. I have a question… Are the paintings you posted painted by him, or are they works by other artists in his collection? Thank you for sharing with us!

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  5. I was just in Paris last month and despite having lived in France and having been countless times in Paris, that was my first time visiting the musée Rodin. I’m not much for museums, but I did appreciate the uniqueness of Rodin, as it’s all sculptures. I can definitely appreciate the skill Rodin had capturing realism in his works. Glad you had a fun time!

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  6. WOW! We’ve visited Paris many times but never visited the Rodin Museum. But it is not definitely on our list of Must See’s after this posting of all that it has to offer. Beautiful photographs of the art and sculpture–plus the bonus of a1996 and a 2023 Terry Travel sketcher! (Bet there’s a great gift shop, too–as to me that always tops off a visit anywhere!)

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  7. A wonderful tour through a lovely museum. What an amazing artist, we are lucky that priest deemed him unfit for the monastic life. Love the two shots of Terry from 1996 and now. It is a special privilege when we can pull this off in life.

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  8. It certainly looks like an impressive museum. I like the two comparison photos of Terry from 1996 and now. There are so many works of art, but if I had to choose I would also put forward The Kiss as my favourite … and I like your photo of the statue and young man together 🙂. And of course your food looks delicious (as always).

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