The Musée Rodin (Rodin Museum) is, like most sites in Paris, very well signposted so easy to find. It’s in the 7th arrondissement, which is a wealthy area of Paris, also home to the Eiffel Tower and the Musée d’Orsay.
The Hôtel Biron, an 18th century mansion, which houses the museum, was in the process of renovation in 2013 but that renovation is complete.
Despite the cold when I was there, I spent a lot of time wandering the gardens, looking at sculptures and watching my fellow tourists (and eavesdropping occasionally). It’s thrilling to see the sculptures in particular in situ. Inside, the place was full of high school art students, drawing sculptures. Their work was impressive. One boy who I’d observed chatting and messing about had done amazing work, and lots of it. There was also a related special exhibition of works by Camille Claudel, Rodin’s model and lover. Tucked away quietly were a couple of Van Goghs and a Monet. Bonus.
77, rue de Varenne – 75007 Paris
Métro: Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (line 13, line
RER: Invalides (line C)
Bus: 69, 82, 87, 92
Every day (except Monday): 10 am to 5.45 pm. Museum closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Garden only: €4 (concession €2)
Permanent collection, garden and exhibition: €10 (full rate), €7 (concession)