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“Rodin Museum is not huge, but well worth the visit”
Review of Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum
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$20.00*
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Philadelphia Museum of Art General Admission
Ranked #17 of 469 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: With over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters - including "The Thinker" - the distinguished collection housed in the Rodin Museum represents every phase of Auguste Rodin’s career. Located on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the elegant Beaux-Arts–style building and garden offer an absorbing experience and the largest collection of Rodin's work outside of Paris.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 21, 2012

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!

Thank HersheyCultureSeeker
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The app available for you smart phone is extremely informative and interesting. Only negative: the gardens are not handicapped accessible. there is limited handicapped parking. the museum itself and the sculptures are great

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

It may indeed be that the success of Rodin's reputation makes a visit to the Rodin Museum somewhat ho hum. There are as many as 3000 copies of The thinker and untold numbers of many of his works throughout the world. Thus, I doubt that there were more than two pieces that we had not previously seen, and I may indeed simply not remembered having seen those. The newly renovated space is nice, but nothing special. If you've seen a good number of Rodin pieces in the past, this visit will likely bore you.

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Of course, it was very good. Can a Rodin museum be anything else? Ha! Ha! The museum itself is well designed. Because there are not many visitors, it makes the experience even better. Only downside is the garden, as we expected that it be also rich with sculptures...not the case.

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Very Interesting, get the app on your phone or borrow the free audio tour device. We spent just over an hour inside which is a clue to how interesting it is since it is a very small place. Was a very rainy day so wasn't able to take in the gardens and sculptures outside. Also they were "working" on the Hells gate at the entrance so we werent able to get a good look at it.

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