"See one Rodin sculpture even if you're skint ..." Musée Rodin Tip by CatherineReichardt

Musée Rodin, Paris: 139 reviews and 302 photos

  The Burghers of Calais, Musée Rodin
by CatherineReichardt
 
 

Although I would argue that the Musée Rodin is excellent value for money (and, interestingly enough, the only French national museum that is entirely self supporting in a financial sense), there is no disputing that Paris can be tough on those travelling on a tight budget, and in a city packed full of 'must see' attractions, it isn't always going to be possible to afford to do everything you might like.

If you really don't think that you can afford the admission fee (?6 at the time of writing in October 2011) or simply don't have time to do it justice, then it is possible to see at least one Rodin sculpture - the Burghers of Calais (coincidentally my all time favourite) - through a large window set into the wall of the museum property along Rue des Varenne. If you are walking down Boulevard des Invalides, you can also catch a peek at a couple of more minor works in the museum garden through the railings.

However, be aware that another budget-friendly option is to simply pay the ?1 admission fee for the gardens - which you'd really have to be on the bones of your backside not to be able to afford - or invest in the Paris Museum card. Admission to the garden allows you to visit the bronzes displayed in the museum grounds, including the Burghers of Calais and The Thinker. However, on my recent visit, the display that most caught my imagination was the very interesting series of half-finished sculptures which are displayed behind glass (which unfortunately don't photograph at all well). There you can almost see the rock 'melting' away to reveal the form of the sculpture that Rodin had envisaged emerging from inside, which gives you a heady sense of being inside the artist's head - very special indeed. See my travel tip on the Rodin museum garden for more details.

I am amused to note that however old you get, you never quite lose those frugal backpacker instincts!

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

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2013
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    This museum was closed for renovations when I was there a couple of years ago- I assume it has reopened and is not high priority on a future trip. We have a few Rodin here at the National Gallery in Canberra and they are certainly favorites of mine.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    i will have to see the rodin, on my last trip i got there too shortly before closing,,,,,so no time to do it justice unfortunately

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