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Musee Bourdelle, Paris

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Discover more than 500 bronze, marble, and plaster statues at Musee Bourdelle. Antoine Bourdelle once lived and worked here, and the museum has preserved his studio. Admire displays of the artist's personal collection, which includes antiques, plaster molds, paintings, engravings, and drawings. See original plaster casts of his works, including 21 studies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Don't miss the famous Champs-Elysées theater panels. To visit Musee Bourdelle and other attractions in Paris, use our Paris itinerary planner.
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  • Great fashion exhibit woven throughout the various rooms of this museum, what a great way to fantasize about those dresses!  more »
  • If you're going soon, catch the 'Balenciaga en Noir' exhibit worked into the Bourdelle sculptures - absolutely fantastic! The place itself is so lovely, very much worthwhile visiting this hidden gem! ...  more »
  • My wife, our 6-year old boy, and I all enjoyed an evening visit to this little and little known, but very worthwhile, museum. We went on a cool breezy evening and the gardens were truly enjoyable, wit...  more »
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  • Incredible sculptures in a beautiful setting but our experience was spoiled by the lack of understanding from the attendant on the desk when we entered. My husband speaks little French, and, while I was out of earshot, he requested 2 entrants without access to the special exhibition. When I realised he had paid 20euros for a free museum we requested a reimbursement before we entered the museum. The attendant was ill mannered, arrogant and flatly refused. I asked for the manager, who she then spoke, telling only her version of events, so he refused to attend. We received no money back. We found the whole attitude unsympathetic and down right rude.
  • Superb museum if you're an aspiring artist. Lots of material to draw from. Bourdelle was a very prolific artist, so you'll have loads of subjects here. Your mileage may vary depending on if you want to spend time analyzing the sculptures, but most of them are of very high quality. I was also astounded by the size of the statues in the side hall. Really recommend the visit!
  • Worthwhile introduction to the work of this lesser-known sculptor, who studied with Rodin and taught Giacometti. Nice combination of indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, with good explanations (in French only) of the complicated bronze-casting process. Free admission, except for temporary exhibitions.
  • A little gem in the heart of Montparnasse, away from the tourist hordes and well worth exploring, the fascinating mixture of sculpture and fashion will hold interest for everyone
  • A free, wonderful and peaceful museum/Atelier of sculpture artist Bourdelle.