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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 part of your Philadelphia vacation plans using our Philadelphia trip planner.
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  • August Rodin (1840-1917) is credited with reinventing European sculpture (viz., subject and surface treatment) and created thousands of works. The Philadelphia museum claims to be the largest public.....  more »
  • Beautiful works displayed in spacious yet small museum. Quiet. Offer guest sketchbooks for use by visitors. Great Works of Rodin- well worth the visit!  more »
  • The city's Rodin Museum, after being closed for renovation while simultaneously cleaning the stone exterior, has never looked better.  A source of great pride for Philadelphia, the museum is home to.....  more »
  • The Rodin Museum distinguishes itself not just because of the works better there but the knowledgeable and helpful team that is there to assist you. Having said that the gates of hell and many of the other Rodin pieces are just astounding. I've been to the Rodin museum in Paris. I will tell you that this museum is just as good and is actually more organized with better explanations of each piece. If you have the opportunity you should visit this museum.
  • This Museum located in Philadelphia is a very nice place to visit. This building is very beautiful and has a place to sit outside where you can just rest or read a book. In about 60 minutes, it is possible to visit it all. It has a very nice display of Rodin’s sculptures. In the entry, people can find the most famous Rodin’s sculpture: The thinker. Inside, there is an important collection that was a gift to the city offered by Jules Ephraim Mastbaum. All the pieces are very well organized and the information provided is good and interesting. While I was walking by the different rooms, I was thinking that Rodin’s work was very large and impressive and, as I never saw one of his works before, all I was able to see fascinated me. When you first enter to the building, you walk by the souvenirs store. Then, as we visited first the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we didn’t pay for this visit, which we considered very convenient, so we received a very nice welcome to the place and were able to start our tour. Everything is clean, the staff is very kind and we really loved the time we expend. Nice work!
  • This museum is famous of the "gates of hell". It is definitely a beautiful architecture. Love the fountain and the garden. The admission fee is paid what you wish and the garden is free all year round. This museum is very close to Barnes Foundation (walking distance). If you don't mind walking a little bit future, you can also visit the Museum of Art.
  • Beautiful sculptures by the famous French artist , Rodin. Worth visiting. Nice guide inside to explain the theme.. She seems you enjoy the job.. Good bless..
  • This is probably one of the most beautiful museums I have gone to thus far. The pieces are extraordinary and so well maintained and the place is extremely clean. You can pretty much see everything with a hours time since this museum is small. As soon as you walk in you hit the gift shop. You have a choice of buying your ticket for just this museum or you can pay to see both the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (I will get to that review later). My favorite pieces were The Gates of Hell, The Thinker, The Kiss (even though it is a replica) and the Centauress. It is really worth checking out if you are interested in sculptures.

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