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Art and sculpture fans, families, here’s a museum you don’t want to miss on the Left bank.

After a complete restoration over the past three years, the magnificent Hôtel Biron and its garden, home of the Rodin Museum in Paris since 1919, reopened its doors to the public in November 2015, the 175th birthday of the famous French sculptor. It had not undergone full renovation since Auguste Rodin himself used it as his Paris studio until his death in… 1917!

musée rodin, by the tourist in paris

The renovation has allowed the museum to completely rethink its exhibition space, and to show the work of Rodin and some of his contemporaries -including his pupil and lover Camille Claudel- in a new light.

The exhibition space, spread across 18 rooms, will be both a chronology of Rodin’s life and a thematic exploration of his work, with its original furniture, works by Rodin himself and pieces from his vast collection of antiquities.

This collection of thousands of fragments of Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, which Rodin used to buy from antiques dealers.  Some 100 pieces from the collection will be displayed around Rodin’s seminal Greek-influenced sculpture The Walking Man, reflecting the sculptor’s admiration of antiquity. Discover the latest exhibitions on the official website.

musée rodin, by the tourist in paris

And don’t forget to discover the bucolic café of the Rodin Museum, one of our favorite cafés/restaurants inside museums in Paris.

Café du musée Rodin, by the tourist in paris

When? Open daily, except Mondays. Museum, garden and shop: open from 10am to 5:45pm. Last tickets sold at 5:15pm. Late night opening on Wednesday until 8:45pm (last admission at 8.15pm). Museum is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Book your ticket on the official website.

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When:
Tuesdays to Sundays: 10:00 am - 5:45 pm

Where: 77 Rue de Varenne, Paris, France
Metro: Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (lines 8 or 13)