NileGuide Expert Says:
Seeing Rodin’s work in the place it was created gives an insight into his life as much as his work
79 Rue de Varenne, Paris, France
01 44 18 61 10
NileGuide Expert tip:
Admission is free on the first Sunday of the month – or buy a special rate ticket to see both the Rodin Museum and the Musée d'Orsay in one day
The sculptor August Rodin's former home and workshop, the once-grand and now charmingly faded Hôtel Biron, houses a permanent exhibition of his own work as well as the art he collected and which inspired him. The prim white of the Greek and Roman figures contrasts strikingly with the sculptor's massive dark bronzes and sexy marbles.There is a room devoted to the sculptor's sometime mistress Camille Claudel with her own bust of Rodin. The collection includes both studies, such as for the Burghers of Calais, and many finished works, such as monuments to Balzac and Victor Hugo. You'll find his major works here: The Kiss and Man Walking are inside the museum, while The Gates of Hell are in the beautiful gardens of the house, where you'll also find The Thinker cogitating against the backdrop of the golden filigree dome of the Invalides. The museum also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.