The museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Rodin’s sculpture and drawings like Les Bourgeois de Calais, Le Penseur, Balzac, La Porte de l’Enfer, Ugolini et fils are exhibited in the garden.
Formerly the Hotel Biron, today, this is now the home for the Rodin Museum. Inside, many of the rooms have preserved their original woodwork. And with the large windows and doors, you will see that the rooms are well lit and offer vistas of the surrounding garden. It was not until 1916, when Auguste Rodin suffered a stroke, that he gave his work to the nation on the condition that it remains in the Hotel Biron.
For over 10 years, the Hotel Biron which was state owned as of 1901 was rented by Rodin from 1908 until his death in 1917.
Rodin used the two rooms on the ground floor as his studio and the rooms above for his living quarters. Between I908 and I909 they were also those of the poet Rilke who was, for a period, Rodin’s secretary. The CollectionThe museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Rodin’s sculpture and drawings like Les Bourgeois de Calais, Le Penseur, Balzac, La Porte de l’Enfer, Ugolini et fils are exhibited in the garden. Indoors are works in marble like Le Baiser, La Main de Dieu, La Cathédrale – those two perfectly poised. There is something particularly fascinating about those works, such as Romeo and Juliet and La Centauresse, which are only, as it were, half-created, not totally liberated from the raw block of stone.
There are also paintings by Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh.
77 Rue de Varenne
Tel : 01 44 18 61 10
How to get there
Metro line 13 : Varenne
RER C : Invalides
Bus : 69, 82, 87, 92
Every day except Mondays
Summer Opening Hours (April to September) :
Museum and Boutique: 9.30 am to 5.45 pm
Hôtel Biron at 5.45 pm
Garden closes at 6.45 pm
Last entry at 5.15 pm
Winter Opening Hours (October to March) :
Museum and Boutique : 9.30 am to 4.45 pm
Hôtel Biron at 4.45 pm
Garden closes at 5 pm
Last entry at 4.15 pm