Hotel Biron at Musee Rodin Paris - wonderful City Break or Paris holidayThe Rodin museum in Paris occupies the Hôtel Biron (built between 1727-1732) and where the sculptor lived and worked from 1905, throughout the last years of his life. Rodin sought to ensure that the building and gardens of Hôtel Biron were preserved for the Nation and wrote in 1909

“I give the State all my works in plaster, marble, bronze and stone, and my drawings, as well as the collection of antiquities that I had such pleasure in assembling for the education and training of artists and workers. And I ask the State to keep all these collections in the Hôtel Biron, which will be the Musée Rodin…” It was not until 1916 that the French Government agreed to this request and the Museum was opened in 1919, two years after the sculptors death.

Musee Rodin Paris - peaceful gardens for Paris holiday walkAs well as over 300 pieces of work by Rodin you will discover Hôtel Biron is hung with paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Carrière and Rodin himself. Most visitors have greatest affection for the gardens which extend for over 3 hectares, so go for a romantic walk and look out for the Burghers of Calais, the Gates of Hell, and the Thinker.

The Kiss, the Cathedral, the Walking Man, portrait busts and early terracottas are all exhibited indoors, as are many of the individual figures or small groups that also appear on the Gates of Hell. The Musée Rodin contains an unrivalled collection of the sculptor’s work, arranged around its rooms and beautiful garden. Rodin’s works are accompanied by several pieces by his mistress and pupil, Camille Claudel. In finished works and countless studies for the great Balzac, the Burghers of Calais or the figures that swarm all over the Gates of Hell, you can trace how Rodin revolutionised sculpture at the end of the 19th century.

Musee Rodin Paris - wonderful sculpture - Paris City Break or HolidayThis is an incredible museum, extremely peaceful and tranquil, even though over 700,000 people visit it every year. It is close to the Eiffel Tower and Hotel des Invalides so if you are planning a city break or holiday to Paris you may want to book a hotel in this area. The amoreTravel guide to Paris Hotels provides a selection of the best places to stay in Paris.

Address: 79 rue de Varenne, 75007

Best hotels in Paris for a city breakTel: 1 44 186110

Opening times:
Tue-Sat, 10am-5.45pm (until 4.45pm in winter)

Admission:
Adults €9
EU Citizens below 26 years – Free

Disabled Access to ground floor and gardens