One of the most relaxing spots in Paris, I used to frequently visit the Musée Rodin on sunny afternoons or early evenings when I lived in Paris. In the pleasant garden, speckled with beautiful Rodin sculptures and shady trees, you can easily spend a few relaxing hours among the artwork and nature—it’s the perfect place to sit and contemplate The Thinker and many of Rodin’s other famous sculptures.
The museum is housed in the 18th century Hotel Biron, which was actually where Rodin lived from 1908 on. He subsequently donated his entire collection and the home, along with paintings by Renoir and Van Gogh, to the French State, provided they turn his home into a museum dedicated to his works.
The two floors of this historic and beautiful building houses some of August Rodin’s most prolific bronze and marble sculptures. In the building that once served as the sculptors home, you will find casts of some of Rodin’s most celebrated works, including the well-known and perhaps most famous of his sculptures, The Thinker and The Kiss. The museum also houses some of the works of Camille Claudel, who was the sister of the famous French author Paul Claudel and Rodin’s mistress.
Most of the sculptures can be found in the extensive garden of the property, which makes the Musee Rodin the perfect place to spend an evening or afternoon on a nice spring, summer or fall day. Behind the museum building there is a small lake and casual restaurant, where you can sip a French aperitif after you’ve admired some of Rodin’s works.
Unlike the Louvre, whose sheer size can be totally overwhelming, or the Musee d’Orsay, which can sometimes have long lines, the Musee Rodin is one of the most accessible and stress free museums in Paris. If you aren’t much of a museum person, but feel obligated to soak up at least a little of the art and culture in Paris, the Musee Rodin is a great choice.
The Musee Rodin is located at the crossroads of the Boulevard des Invalides and the Rue de Varenne, just east of Les Invalides.
Métro (line 13) : Varenne or Invalides
R.E.R (line C) : Invalides
Bus : 69, 82, 87, 92
Parking : Bd des Invalides
April through September: 9:30 am-5:45 pm Tues-Sun
October-March: 9:30 am-4:45 pm Tues-Sun
The garden closes its gates later than the museum—6:45 pm April-Sept and 5 pm Oct-March.
- €7 per adult for the museum and gardens. €10 for exhibitions + museum
- €5 18-25 year olds from non EU countries. €7 for museum +exhibitions
- FREE for 18-25 year olds from EU countries. €5 for museum +exhibitions
- Family rate (2 adults and one child under 18): €10 for museum and garden.
- The museum is FREE the first Sunday of the month (€1 to get into the gardens)
- If you are planning on spending more time in Paris and think you may want to visit this lovely and peaceful museum and gardens more than once, you can get a monthly subscription for €6 or a yearly subscription for €15 (I did this when I was living in Paris).
- Also, if you pair your visit at the Musee Rodin with a stop at the Musee d’Orsay (impressionist museums), you can get one ticket to visit the museums on the same day for €12 instead of €14.
photo credit: musee rodin