Musée Rodin
Musée Rodin
4.5
Friday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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House, workshop, park: everything is gathered in Meudon to discover a unique experience sculpture and the world of the French sculptor Rodin. The visit begins with the villa of Brillants where Rodin lived the last 20 years of his life. Nearby, the visitor discovers the tactile space where reproductions of works in resin are distinguished by touch. Below, the gallery of plasters is a real dive into the heart of the artist's creation, the presentation of sculptures in their successive states allows the visitor to understand the different stages of Rodin’s creative process. In the vast park, the tomb of Rodin, surmounted by the Thinker, welcome visitors for a meditative moment facing the Val de Seine. A place of birth and creation, the Rodin de Meudon Museum is also a place of transmission where numerous artistic and cultural education projects are organized for young people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
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Locutus
Zurich, Switzerland277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Absolutely wonderful museum focussed on Rodin’s works. For me the highlight was the gardens which were beautiful in the winter sunshine. In the garden you have the opportunity to see a number of his bronzes, including the thinker.

The museum itself was very interesting and you got to see works from every stage of his life. There was also a focus on his technique so you got sone understanding of how some of the pieces were made.
Written February 14, 2022
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MZTParis
Paris298 contributions
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May 2015 • Friends
Few visitors to Paris are aware that there is also this Rodin Museum in the town of Meudon, southwest of Paris and that it is but a short metro ride from the capital.

The museum is in what is known as the Villa des Brillants. (Brillants is French for bright, shining, glittering etc. It is also one of the cuts of a diamond.

The three-floor house (it is not a villa!) is of stone and red brick: Auguste Rodin bought it in 1895 after first having rented it. (He was never a wealthy man.) It being his private residence he lived here with his companion, a former seamstress named Rose Beuret, the mother of his only child, a son, Auguste-Eugène Beuret.

One can only visit the ground floor of the house, and at that only two rooms. One is a dining-room and the other a small studio where Rodin sculpted. His main studio however was in Paris, today Paris’s Museum Rodin.

Rodin’s major sculptures are on display in a separate building. Alas, there are no originals, only plaster casts. You will see Rodin’s The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais and his sculptures of Balzac and Victor Hugo. The Balzac sculpture was criticized when first exhibited, and you will undoubtedly see why.

The most poignant part of the visit is Rodin’s tomb in front of this building. As he had wished he (and Rose Beuret) lie under his sculpture, The Thinker. Yes, alas also a plaster copy.

I am not giving my review 5 stars because
(1) there is no café or restaurant on the premises – or even in the vicinity which means should you become thirsty, well – you will have to remain so. Therefore, do take some water or a cool drink with you.

(2) The toilet is pathetic. As if they know that it is, it is hidden behind Rodin’s large Gates of Hell sculpture. The toilet is for both men and women and so small that you have to do some acrobatics to be able to close the door.

This is how you get to the house from Paris and no matter what you read elsewhere or is told, go there as I will now tell you.

Take Métro Line 12 and go in the direction of Mairie d’Issy (Issy town hall) and that is where you descend. Right outside the station take bus No 190 and you descend at Hôpital Percy. The latter is a huge military hospital. On descending you continue to walk in the direction the bus is going and you take the first street on the right. You will be walking alongside the hospital and you will see armed soldiers guarding the main gate of the hospital. Continue walking and you turn into Ave Auguste Rodin which will be the first street on your left. You will see the red sign for the house.

Remember, this is the best (easiest and shortest) way to get to the Villa des Brillants.

Buy a Mobilis day transport ticket at your point of departure in Paris. It will cost you €9.30 and will be valid until 1 a.m. the next day. The ticket will also be valid for the bus from and back to the Mairie d’Issy Métro station.

It will cost you €5 to go in. There will be security men at the gate who will ask to see your bags.

To return to Paris you walk back the way you had come.

If you are one for exploring, then I suggest that you walk right (instead of left) when you leave the house and see something of the town. After a while you will come to a bistro with a few tables outside on the sidewalk and should it be a sunny day it will be great to sit down there for a coffee or why not a glass of wine.
Written May 25, 2015
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328Yves14
Paris, France28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Every body knows the famous sculptor Rodin. A lot of visitors knows the "hotel Biron" Rodin museum in Paris. But how many have seen its house, garden and museum in Meudon (near Paris)? Unfortunately very few people go there because it is out of Paris although the way to go is easy because public transportation can bring you there in 45mn (. The place is on the heights of Meudon in a green park that dominates Paris city. In addition to the visit of his private home (villa des Brillants) and a tour around his tomb which is under the protection of "the thinker", what is really unique in this museum is the amazing collection of plasters. Hundreds of plaster pieces are shown there which allow to follow-up the trials of Rodin for his well known works as well as his proposals for works that were not retained in his time. Numerous faces and attitudes in front of which you can't stay impervious to the strength. A discrete but powerful feeling hidden in Paris quiet suburb.
Written June 24, 2013
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pswinburne1
Paris, France16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had been 10 years before but decided to get the experience again. Read a little of Rodin’s history before you go it is a sad story but the statues, casts, and chiseled forms that greet you are wonderful. Situated right next to Invalides in the heart of Paris. A stones throw from Rue Cler... well worth a couple of hours. Go if you can in August, no queues!
Written August 18, 2019
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Victoria
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Jul 2019
Most people don't have time to add this gem of a museum to their sight-seeing check-list (especially on a first trip to Paris). But, what a mistake it would be to miss this treasure. I almost made the mistake myself. Thankfully, we were in the neighborhood, were hungry for lunch and had some time to kill so we decided on a whim to drop by (Museum Pass gives free entry). The house is gorgeous but the gardens and outdoor sculptures are the reason to visit. Impeccably manicured shrubs and shady, tree-lined pathways hide delightful surprises around every corner. We had such an enjoyable lunch in the lovely outdoor cafe (located IN the gardens) that we lingered longer than we should have. Strolling through the tall trees, stopping to ponder Rodin's sculptures was a sensory-pleasing experience. Someone must have sprinkled this place with fairy dust because I am enchanted.
Written August 10, 2019
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spikoulos .
Brooklyn, NY107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
A wonderful little museum featuring the works of this great artist. A very nice way to spend and hour or so and exploring his work. It was interesting to see several examples of the development of a piece of sculpture. If you have time, stop by.
Written April 12, 2018
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tcut
Paris, France428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
Rodin's villa at Meudon has a much more personal, less-museum-y feel than the famous museum in Paris. Although only the downstairs of the home is open to the public, the recreation of his dining room and a sitting area is charming. It's particularly great to visit on a sunny day when you can really get a feel for the light and airiness that must have captivated the great sculptor. The collection of plasters are beautiful and give a fascinating insight into Rodin's creative process.

Be advised that a fair amount of walking is involved if you take public transport. There really isn't a very close drop-off to the museum and a bus ride of some sort is required to get you as close as possible. The rail stops are: Tram 2, Les Moulineaux station + bus 123 (which is right in front of the Tram station) , RER C, station Issy + bus 190 (which is up the stairs on blvd Rodin), or Métro 12, station Mairie d'Issy + bus 190 (I think you may have other bus options there, but 190 gets you as close as possible.) Also, there is a steep hill at Chemin Vert. You'll be let off at the top from bus 190, but bus 123 will let you off at the bottom so you'll need to climb up to the neighborhood of the villa. Do have your phone mapping on or a map of Meudon as a Paris map will not cover this area.
Written February 25, 2014
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
After the exhilaration of visiting the Museum in Paris,i was panting to see where the great man spent his creative times.
This is a must-pilgrimage for amateurs and professionals alike. located at the heights of Meudon,the Villa des Brillants,is a pretty Louis XIII -style house in brick stone where he pursued his career even though he still made the trip to his Parisian studios ,daily
Here at Meudon, is where you see his essential creative forces in play. The effect of the halls filled with with natural light,highlight the dazzling white sculptures, as they gaze at you behind glass doors like creatures in an aquarium..... is an impression,that is so powerful....i will never forget.
See what you think? This is a peaceful place to spend many hours. Dont rush it.
Written October 16, 2013
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Türkiye6,139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Almost everyone who wrote a review about this museum evaluated it as excellent and it really is worth seeing. It is definitely among the top 10 of Paris. The building itself and the garden are so beautiful that you can spend the whole day here on a nice day. The garden and the statues there are lovely but it would be more difficult to visit them on a rainy day.

The museum is well designed, with sufficient explanations but I would definitely advise you to spend 6 Euros and get the audio guide which really makes a difference. You realize that Rodin was indeed a great genius, probably the best of all the sculptors in the world. You get to know his life and his art in full after visiting the museum with an audio guide. There are also works of other sculptors like Camille Claudel. There are also paintings but I wouldn’t say they are very important.
The entrance fee to the museum is 12 Euros.

There is a hidden elevator so if you need to use it, ask someone as there are quite a lot of stairs. We found out about it only while going down. The toilets are also very well hidden behind a ‘magical’ door.

Don’t forget to tour the garden and see the statues there.

The cafe in the garden is lovely and very convenient. The variety and the quality of the food is very good compared to many other museum cafeterias. There are salads, soup, sandwiches, desserts, muffins and beverages. There are also set menus ( called ‘Formules’ in France) and the choices are good. A large bowl of soup, a dessert and coffee cost 9.5 Euros.

There is a nice museum shop on the way out from the temporary exhibitions.
Written March 19, 2019
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Michael R
60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
After seeing some of Rodin's works at the Orsay, I decided to visit the Rodin museum. So impressive. The garden was beautiful- and his most famous works were so amazing. Neat to see "The Thinker," but I was probably most impressed with the "Burghers of Calais." The Rick Steves' guidebook tour is most helpful- and I'd recommend. While some guidebooks say that the museum is open late on (Wednesday's I think it was), it is not. I was advised that it hasn't had late hours for two years. As a result, I didn't spend a lot of time inside- had to breeze through the ground floor. Would recommend adding this to a Paris itinerary.
Written June 24, 2017
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