The French capital has a quiet and stunning museum named after the sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The first thing that comes to mind when a patron visitor thinks of the Musée Rodin Paris is Auguste’s statue, Le Penseur. This is not just because “The Thinker” is his best-ever work, but it is also because the statue is displayed outside the museum building. Many people visit it to see “The Thinker”, among other Rodin Museum sculptures.
The principal output of this French artist’s work was sculpture, and he is known to the world mainly as a sculptor. However, he was also a draughtsman, who made around 10,000 drawings, many of which is in the collection of the Rodin Museum, Paris. Sculpture was Rodin’s principal output because his former house was full of studies and works from his artistic career.
How to Get To the Rodin Museum by Train
It is situated in the seventh administrative district of Paris, to the south side of the Seine river, and adjacent to Les Invalides. Get a ticket for Varenne and board a train that will go through Metro Line 13 to that station. Varenne is the nearest station where Paris Metro train stops, and the museum is just a few walks away from that railway station. That said, if you are tired of a long haul, get into a taxi. You will be glad to know that almost every taxi driver knows where the national museum is situated.
The Best Time to Visit Rodin Museum
It is best that you go to the place right after it opens the doors to the public or 2 hours before it closes. Musée Rodin Paris is open on all days except Monday. The regular hours of entry are from 10:00 am to 05:45 pm. However, do not forget to cross-check on the museum website before visiting it to not get stranded outside due to some emergency reason. Museums in Paris close down due to out of the ordinary constraints, such as flood to name one.
A trip to the French museum is enjoyable at whatever time, but we recommend the trip during nice autumn and spring days. That is because seeing the garden with sculptures outside the museum is more enjoyable and convenient in those seasons than other months. The Rodin Museum’s sculpture garden will be more vibrant in summer, but the crowd at that time can be slightly too much for your liking.
How Much Do I Have to Pay for Admission?
The full price for standard visitors, with no special privileges, is €12. Resides from nations that fall out of European Union who are aged between 18 and 25 years will only have to pay €9 for admission. If you want an audio guide, you would have to pay €6 in addition.
The Things to See at the Musée Rodin
The Rodin Museum attracts people who have many different reasons for the trip. What makes the museum so attractive to visitors is how enjoyable and manageable it is to explore its collection. Many are fans of its tinier galleries that make it possible to enjoy the artworks on display without overwhelming them with copious objects. Focusing on one artist’s work displayed together with some other works made by a contemporary of his, is enjoyable. Models, casts, and sketches are displayed along with the sculptures made from that artist’s preparatory work.
Les Trois Ombres (The Three Shades) is a group of sculptures, which Rodin made for his work, “The Gates of Hell”. These are separate bronze casts of one figure, which has been turned around into three different positions.
Les Bénédictions (The Blessings) displays the winged motion of stretched human figures devoted to other humans’ blessings.
Many prefer works by Rodin’s contemporaries to the artist’s own work displayed in the museum. One such work that many people like is Camille Claudel’s sculpture, entitled “The Waltz”. Claudel’s artworks are added into the museum in Paris owing in part to her relationship with Auguste Rodin as the latter’s mistress and muse.
What to Do After Your Rodin Museum Trip
So you go to the museum, explore the displayed artworks inside the building one at a time, and now, how about photographing something that will be remembered for the rest of your life? After your inside-the-museum visit, go outside and take a photo in front of “The Thinker” statue. It shows a man, with hands on the chin and posing like he is thinking about something, hence the name “The Thinker”. To make the photo even more memorable down the road, pose in front of it in the same way as the statue is shown.
After taking that picture, go to the sculpture garden for more sightseeing and then a café to have some refreshments to have more energy for further Paris trips.