"Rodin Museum: French Sculpture and cheesesteak" Rodin Museum Tip by spgood301
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No, you can't get a cheesesteak at Philly's Rodin Museum, but it it a touch of Paris in the City of Brotherly Love. The Rodin Museum is quite small, but it's rich in some of Rodin's best works. In fact, it has the largest collection of Rodin works outside Paris. Works in bronze, works in plaster, works big and works small, you'll see it all at the Rodin Museum.
My favorite sculpture was "The Burghers of Calais". It's a huge sculpture in the middle of the museum, that tells the story of six brave men who volunteered to go to their deaths during a British siege in Calais, France. The varied expressions on the mens' faces are so haunting, so realistic that you feel like you're right there with them. And as the story goes, the British authorities were so moved by their bravery that they spared the mens' lives. Quite a story, and just like behind many of the beautiful sculptures you'll find here.
The Rodin Museum is indeed small, only one story. You'll need no more than 1 1/2 hours to see it all. There's no admission charge but a "suggested donation" of $3. Pretty darn cheap for all this wonderful art.
Now, what's a museum dedicated to Rodin doing in Philadelphia? Well, a theater magnate named Jules Mastbaum had a huge collection of Rodin's works that he dedicated to his hometown upon his death in 1926. The Rodin Museum has been a Philly fixture ever since. It's near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, right in the "museum district", and well worth a visit.
Cheesesteak, Tasteekake and Rodin. I love Philly!!!
Address: Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street
Phone: 212-568-6026 or 215-763-8100
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