Musée Rodin

Address: 79 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007, France
Telephone: 01 44 18 61 10

- Mid-range


The sculptor's masterpieces and fascinating studies on show around his house and garden.

Musée Rodin has both a beautiful setting in the 18th-century hotel particulier where Rodin lived towards the end of his life and an outstanding collection that is a real insight into what made Rodin such a revolutionary figure and a crucial bridge between 19th-century sculpture and modern art. Big bronzes such as the Gates of Hell, covered in hundreds of little figures, and the Burghers of Calais greet you in the forecourt when you arrive, while other figures are dotted around the garden's alleys and ponds; inside are ground-breaking works such as his St-John the Baptist or the Walking Man, plaster and bronze studies – including many of the different figures and groups that went to make up the Gates of Hell, and the studies for his controversially rugged statue of Balzac. There are also works by his young pupil and mistress Camille Claudel, while temporary exhibitions are held in the former chapel.

Value for money

Price advice

6 euros; free EU nationals under 26; exhibitions 5-7 euros; collection and exhibition 10 euros; gardens only 1 euro.

Expert tips

Look out also for some unusual contemporary art projects around the museum.

6 May-4 Sept 2011. "L'Invention de l'oeuvre: Rodin et les ambassadeurs" pits sculptures by Rodin against works by 21 modern and contemporary artists, including Duchamp, Giacometti, Caro, Serra and Nauman.

There's a lovely café in the garden – some people come just for this.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • Art