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“Disappointed” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Ranked #12 of 433 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: Home of the greatest Rodin collection outside of Paris. The museum houses 124 sculptures, including "The Thinker."
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“Disappointed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

We called the phone number on the museum website to verify the operating hours. The person who answered the phone told us the museum was closed on Mondays. When we arrived at the Rodin Museum on Tuesday, it was closed. We spoke to an employee through the gate and she told us that the phone number listed on the website is actuallly the central phone number at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and that is the museum closed on Monday, not the Rodin. She apologized and said she would make someone aware of what had happened so they could keep others from being disappointed. There was no sign at the Rodin Museum showing their operating hours or indicating which was the main entrance to the museum. We were very disappointed that we only got to see the exterior.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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“Rodin Museum is not huge, but well worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Rodin Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited August 2012
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“Just average”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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“Rodin is Rodin!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2012
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