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Philadelphia's Rodin Museum

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If you enjoy classic art, you must visit the Rodin Museum during your next trip to Philadelphia. Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor who lived from 1840-1917. Best known for pieces like The Thinker and The Gates of Hell, Rodin took an approach to sculpting that was radical for his time, in spite of his traditional schooling, and in turn paved the way for modern sculpture. In spite of his obvious talent and desire for academic recognition, he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art and was highly criticized for his unique style.

The Rodin Museum was opened in 1929 to pay tribute to this under-appreciated but wonderfully gifted artist. Although the people of Rodin's time criticized his pieces, today we embrace and celebrate them through the museum's extensive collection of his work. The collection consists of over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters which cover the entire span of Rodin's career. The museum itself is a lovely blend of sculpture, architecture, and landscaping. A beautiful outside garden displays eight different works by Rodin, including pieces like Adam, Eve, and The Age of Bronze.

The museum is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Although closed on Tuesdays, it is open the rest of the week from 10 to 5. Suggested admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students and youth, and free for members and children under twelve; however, admission is “Pay What You Wish” everyday and the garden is free year-round.

Metered parking is available right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but the museum suggests that you park in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's garage, located on Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive just across from the main building. The garage charges $12 for the first four hours and $2 for each additional hour. For members of the Museum of Art, the first hour is free, the next four hours are $8, and each additional hour is also $2. A complimentary shuttle runs between the two museums for your convenience. Parking for handicapped individuals is available on the north side of the Rodin Museum, but is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

On your next vacation to Philadelphia, come and experience easy-to-understand but tasteful art. Learn about a fantastic sculptor who mastered his own style in the face of adversity. To browse the entire collection before your visit, please visit the Rodin Museum's official site at www.rodinmuseum.org.


Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 10 am - 5 pm; Closed Tuesdays
Address/Map:  2154 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 763-8100
Website: Plan your visit to Rodin Museum
Adults: $8 | Seniors (65+): $7 | Students/Youth (13–18)
Free for members and children 12 and under