Rodin Museum – Paris
Here are five amazing things you can do around the Rodin Museum
1.) Have lunch at the Jardin De Varenne
The museum’s restaurant proposes simple traditional French food such as quiches, tartines, tartes… If you sit outside, you will enjoy one of the best views of Paris!
2.) Paris Left Bank Walking Tour
Anyone who wants to discover more about the special atmosphere of the Parisian Left Bank, should go on this free tour! You will understand why it is so appreciated by locals and will come across many other hidden places Parisians like to keep for themselves…
3.) Watch a film at La Pagode
Now a ‘cinéma d’art et d’essai’ (a French label for a great movie theatre showing movies in original version with subtitles), La Pagode (57 Babylone Street, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris) was actually a real pagoda, dismantled and brought back to Paris where it was reconstructed in an identical fashion in the 19th century, to please the wife of a rich man who was crazy in love! If you go there you will travel back in time and discover a completely different world…
4.) Shop at Le Bon Marche (24 Sevres Street)
The first ‘grand magasin’ of Paris, built in 1838, which was described by the famous French writer Émile Zola as a ‘cathedral of trade for a nation of clients’. Nowadays you can find almost anything from fashion to food, from stationery to luxury luggage, from perfumes to furniture…
5.) Have dinner at La Fontaine De Mars (129th Saint Dominique Street)
A very chic restaurant. The Obamas had dinner there when they came to Paris! In the finest tradition of French Gastronomy. If you go, you will enjoy typical southwestern French dishes: foie gras, magret, cassoulet… which will pamper your taste buds! You may even be able to prepare some yourself after taking a Paris Cooking Class!
- Go on Wednesday evenings for the late openings.
- Do not miss Camille Claudel’s work!
- Have a cup tea in the garden (at the museum’s restaurant).
Facts about the Rodin Museum
The Rodin Museum, is named after the famous sculptor of The Thinker, a sculpture which you can see in its gardens. The museum is located on the Left Bank of the river Seine in the Biron Hotel, a typical French ‘hôtel particulier’ (a Parisian residence of aristocrats in the 17th and 18th centuries). It was inaugurated in 1916 at the initiative of the artist himself, who used to live there. It now hosts the biggest collection of Rodin’s work as well as pieces of his disciple and special friend Camille Claudel.
One of the most intimate museums in Paris, the Rodin Museum is a real secret garden. Located in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of Paris, this museum is really different from any other in the city: going there feels like being in the countryside! Strolling around the masterpieces, having lunch under the shadows of the trees… It is the perfect place to breathe – in every way!”.Tara
How to get there
Station Varenne: line 13, Light Blue
Station Invalides: Line 13, Light Blue; Line 8, Pink
Lines 69, 82, 87 or 92
Stop at Invalides (Line C)
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
Open every day from 10 am to 5:45 pm.
From October 31st until March 1st the museum closes at 5:00 pm.
On Wednesdays, the museum stays open until 8:45 pm.
Closed on Mondays, on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
A military hospital built upon request of the Sun-King, it now hosts the Museum of the Army and Napoleon Ist grave. Its golden dome is one of the best-known landmarks in Paris, and you should see it with your own eyes if you are sightseeing in Paris!
2.) Bridge Alexandre III:
Certainly the city of lights’ most beautiful bridge, while walking on it you will enjoy one of the best views of Paris! But if you pass under it, you will come across the Showcase, a club which makes Paris nightlife really exciting!
3.) Orsay Museum:
What used to be a train station, now hosts the largest collection of impressionist work. Get lost in the labyrinth of galleries and chance upon major masterpieces!
Why it’s worth visiting
- To see “the thinker” in real life.
- To discover what typical Parisian “hôtels particuliers” can be.
- To take a rest from the crazy rhythm of the city.