"Take time out to relax in the Musée Rodin gardens" Musee Rodin - Rodin Museum Tip by CatherineReichardt

Musee Rodin - Rodin Museum, Paris: 139 reviews and 302 photos


The gardens surrounding the Musée Rodin are absolutely lovely, and a wonderfully serene place to kick back and relax for an hour or so, particularly on a hot summer's day.

The gardens at the front of the museum are designed in a formal French style, which I have to confess is not really to my taste. I don't share the Latin enthusiasm for gravel walkways - murderous on feet and footwear alike - and I'm not wildly keen on formal rose gardens either (see my tip on 'lining up icons' for a photo), but that's just my personal taste, and I will happily concede that it is very well done.

The rest of the gardens are less formal, and incorporate grassy lawns and lots of trees, which lend welcome shade. There is a pond and fountain in the section of the garden behind the museum, and there are leafy chestnut-lined walkways that are soothing to body and soul just to look at after a hard day's sightseeing. There is a playground for kids, and they will also enjoy playing hide and seek in the more wooded sections of the grounds.

There is also a pleasant looking cafe in the gardens, which sells nice looking salads, quiches and the like, although I haven't ever eaten there.

It is possible just to visit the gardens (which also include bronzes of the Burghers of Calais and The Thinker as well as some more minor works) at a paltry cost of ?1, which is excellent value for money. The only potential downside to this scheme is that you'll still have to join the queue for tickets, which can be quite long during busy periods - unless you have bought a Paris Museum pass or a combined 'passport' with the Musée d'Orsay - since it doesn't seem to be possible to book online for the gardens alone.

Address: 79 Rue de Varenne, 75007
Directions: Line 13 : Varennes
Phone: +33 1 44 18 61 10
Website: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/node/1325/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 29, 2013
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