Rodin Museum

hands2The Musee Rodin is housed in the elegant Hotel Biron.  Rodin lived and worked in this mansion.  I love that so many Paris museums not only have masterpieces, but they are housed in historic masterpieces themselves.  The mansion shows its age and use as you hear the wood floors creaking under your feet.  It is like being in grandma’s house, only it has some of the most stunning sculpture that can be seen.

The museum is made of the mansion, garden, chapel, and cafe.  The building is under construction until 2014, but you can still get in and see exhibitions.  My favorite sculpture inside the museum is The Kiss.  If you are short on time or limited on budget, you can visit the gardens for only one euro.  The garden provides a natural blend between Rodin’s bronze statues and flowers.  Perhaps you’ve heard of The Thinker.  He thinks outside in the lightly scented, floral air.  The first time I went to the museum, my camera went crazy over the pristine flowers.  It is a beautiful, quiet area in Paris.  I know I’ll return this summer.

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  1. wanderoneday says:

    This is the one place on my mom’s “Must-Do” list for our upcoming trip to Europe. I’m glad to know they have beautiful gardens too – I might not be itching to see the sculptures but I can’t pass up gardens full of flowers!

    When did you visit the gardens? I noticed the roses were in bloom in your photos. I hope they’ll be in bloom at the end of June/beginning of July while we’re there!

  2. I’ve been to the gardens a couple times, but it has always been in June. I hope the roses stay strong. I know the temperatures have been chilly, so maybe they’ll hang on. If you go on the first Sunday, you can get into the museum for free. I love the gardens, and any place that allows a little escape from the craziness of the city.

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