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Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

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4.5/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
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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  • I found that rarely anyone visiting a museum knows the story: who built it, who provided the works, who feeds him with new acquisitions. So, here are a few words about Rodin Museum. Jules Mastbaum, an American from Philadelphia, 1872-1926, cinema Tycoon and philanthropist, in 1924 he started to collect marbles and bronzes by Auguste Rodin, French sculptor almost his contemporary and father of modern sculpture. In 1926 Mastbaum commissioned two architects, one of buildings and one of green spaces, to build a small building, surrounded by fountains, hedges, plants and bounded by a wall. Here would be displayed the works he Meanwhile collected. The result was the largest museum dedicated to Rodin outside of France. The work was opened in 1929 and has a lot more character than the French American: the first borders the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower, this is dominated by Philadelphia is at the side of a road of Expressway, the Franklin Parkway, and is dominated by modern skyscrapers and very pleasing. However, the American one is a nice Museum: you enter through an elegant garden is one of 50 reproductions that Rodin made his most successful statue, the thinker, then you go through a garden that could be more polished, here and there cobwebs, dry leaves and bushes from straightening up. At the Centre of the garden is a fountain of Renaissance style, for instance, those in which water flows from the open mouth of a human face and falls into a tub in the shape of a shell. Soon after joining a small building of classic taste, preceded the entrance two Doric columns. The works on display are few in number, in addition to the Thinker you notice some bronze versions of hands, part of the human body from which Rodin was literally obsessed, made it an exaggerated number. Then some marble ("the Kiss) and especially at the entrance, a copy of" the gates of hell ", bronze majestic which he left unfinished (on the other hand, he had been commissioned to Paris for a museum that I was never built). What makes it particularly pleasant Museum and its garden is unreal and unexpectedly quiet that you breathe: you don't hear traffic, skyscrapers nearby are pleasing to the eye, the scorching hot and sticky in Philadelphia seems to diminish. A few beautiful works, such peace and harmony with the art of Rodin, the master of modern sculptors: an hour of serenity that is priceless. By the way, popular input: $ 10.00 adults, $ 8.00 the people above 65 years. Closed on Tuesdays and on other holidays that I don't remember (read, just in case). Worth the visit.
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  • In this museum you can find part of the work of of Rodin and replica of others that is found in Paris. Curiosity: has a bust small of Sarmiento.
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  • If you love sculpture or Rodin, you must visit. My daughter is a budding artist and this was the highlight of her trip. 
  • If you go to the Philadelphia Art Museum, you'll get access to the Rodin too. It's only a short walk away and worth the trek. The grounds are beautiful. I spent more time sitting by the pool and smelling the lavender than I did inside. Of course, inside is where you'll find a small room with several notable pieces. I was able to walk around and see everything in under 20 minutes.
  • Amazing collection of beautiful works by Rodin. The Thinker and the Gates of Hell are the highlights. The indoor and outdoor displays are easy to navigate and beautiful to behold. Highly recommended if you're in Philadelphia!
  • This is a great museum with a wonderful cloister garden. It is smaller than the one in Parts, though I like the treatment of the "Thinker" and the "Gates of Hell" better in Philly. The inside is well lit and laid out. It isn't a large museum by any stretch, but it is a wonderful hidden gem on the parkway.
  • Beautiful grounds and building. A very small museum that only takes half an hour to go through. A quiet respite. Lovely.
  • The singular focus of this museum is a refreshing change of pace, and its size makes the works very accessible. It's worth spending a few extra minutes to explore the outdoor grounds, with sculptures and fountains.
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