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Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

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Rodin Museum houses the world's second largest collection of famous sculptor Auguste Rodin's works--the largest one outside of Paris. Opened in 1929, it was a gift to the city of Philadelphia from Jules Mastbaum, a movie-theater magnate and an avid collector of Rodin's works. The famous Thinker sits in the museum garden in front of the entrance. Once inside, you can see masterpieces like the Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy; the Kiss; the Burghers of Calais; and many others. Take time to view many lesser-known works, as well as prints, studies, castings, drawings, and Rodin's personal items. Make Rodin Museum a centerpiece of your Philadelphia vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Philadelphia trip itinerary maker.
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  • You can see the famous "Thinker" statue out front and "Heaven's Gate" which is huge. The grounds are pretty and the building is full of one of a kind artwork.  more »
  • Ok, so we all know The Thinker, but Rodin did did much more and this relatively small museum gives you a great look at some of his other works - The Kiss, the doorway for Dantes Inferno, the mask of t...  more »
  • I was stunned at how few sculptures there were and very little explanation of them. Would have liked some explanation of castings -- wax, plaster, metal -- how the sculptures were made. Also some info...  more »
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  • Visiting the city for the first time, this was a special unplanned treat! The layout of the grounds are fantastic. The work even better! The best of Rodin on display! Don't miss the Burghers!
  • A really beautiful museum. It was my first visit and I will go back many times during my staying in Philadelphia. It is very big and there is a good variety of different types of art.
  • 👍 : It was a nice sized museum, I liked it you got to see the thinker statue which is really cool.
  • The museum is not so big, which allows you to easly check on every sculpture without any rush. The price...is up to you! You decide what to donate. There is also a free guide who will take you both inside and outside (garden). It was very interesting and we cannot wait to go back and see the garden also (it was too cold that day).
  • Excellent experience, to see history so near you is awesome! The Gates of Hell are stunning!