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Rodin Museum and Garden

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds
french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds
french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds

 

Rodin Museum

 

The Rodin Museum is one my favorites, because it’s not so much a traditionally, stuffy museum but more a beautifully curated house and garden dotted with some of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures. A walk into a room here, a stroll through the garden path… every couple feet a new work awaits!

 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds


 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds

 

Paris actually has two museums dedicated to Rodin- the Hotel Biron in central Paris (pictured above) and just outside Paris at Rodin’s old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon. The Hotel Biron was Rodin’s workshop and where he subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures to the French state.

 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds


 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds

 

Here, you’ll find some of his most famous works, including the The Thinker (10th picture from the top), The Kiss and the Gates of Hell (third picture from the top). I especially love the Thinker, its located in the garden on the right hand side in a beautiful little circle surrounded by carefully sculpted bushes and flowers.

 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds


 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds

 

The house is a work of art as well. Built between 1727 and 1737 for the wealthy French financier Abraham Peyrenc de Moras, the mansion is a brilliant example of the rocaille architecture movement, fashionable at the time.

 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds


 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds

 

Check out the magnificent staircase leading to the second floor. And finally, don’t forget to circle around back to the fountain and gardens behind the house.

 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds


 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds

 

If you take the metro line 13, you’re in for a lucky treat. Varenne, the closest metro stop only a block and a half away, features some of Rodin’s sculptures on the platform!

 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds


 

french sculptor auguste rodin house mansion grounds


To see everything else I visited on my weekend trip to Paris, check out my Paris Mini Guide. Admission to the Rodin Museum is 5 euro but free with the Paris Pass (along with 60+ other attractions and the metro).

 

Visiting Paris – Travel Checklist

We took a red eye to Paris from JFK. You can find cheap Paris flights from low cost carriers almost all year round – check for flight deals here.

Paris has some of the best museums in the world. I spent an entire summer living in the city, visiting different churches, museums and historic homes and still couldn’t get enough. If you plan to sightsee, look into a Paris Pass – it’s a great value! The pass can be purchased for multiple days and allows you to skip the line at 60+ attractions. See the full list of included sights and attractions here.

Lastly, be sure to visit Paris with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Get a quote for your trip here.

 

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Grey | lovewishfully.comMarch 21, 2014 - 3:36 pm

That staircase! And the chandelier! Wow, this is such a beautiful place!

SherMarch 21, 2014 - 7:45 pm

yes, the rodin museum is one of my favorites because the museum itself is so beautiful. thanks for stopping by!

[…] MUST SEE? Hmm.. hard to pick one, so I’ll go with my three most favorite museums. The spooky crypt and upper level viewing deck from the Pantheon, the charming mansion of Musee Jacquemart-Andre (check out posts 1 and 2), and the sculpture filled gardens at Musee Rodin. […]

stephJuly 20, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Hi sher i love your photos! please share what kinda lens, camera you are using please! =)

SherJuly 27, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Hey Steph – thanks! I use a combination of a canon DSLR MKD III and an iphone 5s. The canon is a bit of a splurge and honestly I reach for my iphone 90% of the time! :)

The Louvre » Sher She GoesMarch 2, 2016 - 11:24 pm

[…] (off the beaten tourist path). If you have further time in Paris, I wholeheartedly recommend the Rodin Museum (for sculptures by the famous Auguste Rodin), Musee National Eugene Delacroix (the famous […]

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