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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

Francois Auguste Rene Rodin, born 1840, was a French sculptor, generally considered the founder of modern sculpture. His unconventional and unexpected works challenged the norm, but despite controversy and ridicule from traditionalists, his popularity grew and by 1900 he was world-renowned.

Displayed around the house and gardens where he lived at the end of his life, this fabulous museum collection illustrates how he revolutionised sculpture at the start of the 20th century – reworking figures and themes to create such iconic and distinctive works as The ThinkerThe Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell.

It’s surprisingly good for families, with special family audio guides designed to introduce kids to sculpture. They include an interactive plan with an audio pen – point the pen at an exhibit and hear the commentary.

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Price from: £10
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Take the metro to Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (line 13, line 8). The nearest car park is on Boulevard des Invalides.

You can book tickets online before you go or buy them at the entrance. Two-hour audio guides are available in multiple languages, with insightful commentary on the collections, as well as on Rodin himself, and his pupil, Camille Claudel. It includes an interactive map to help you navigate the garden.

The museum is free on the first Sunday of the month, from October to March. No need to book in advance.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday.

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Skip-the-line Rodin Museum - Exclusive Guided Tour


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