Rodin Museum is just a short walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art - or a free shuttle ride if you prefer. The museum is situated on a great lot, with a peaceful garden (with some statues) residing there - including "The Thinker" (a favorite for pictures). "The Burghers of Calais" sit on the east side (you can also view this from inside). To the west, a version of "The Three Shades".
Just above the main entrance is the "The Gates of Hell" (although it was behind scaffolding during our visit...a major disappointment).
If you are a member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, admission is free. A terrific self-guided tour is available via ipods that are loaned for free. Just as valuable and informative for our trip were the very engaged and passionate staff members who gladly answered questions and shared reveaing tidbits.
We learned much about the techniques of plaster, marble and bronze statues during our visit. (Can you tell I'm only an art lover, not an expert?). Our entire stay was about an hour, but a library offers the more serious art lover or researcher an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Rodin.
We will definitely return - we need to see the entrance with scaffolding!
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