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“Small but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Ranked #11 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."
Herzliya, Israel
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“Small but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Small but very nice and interesting display. Makes you also understand the origin and history of the sculptures.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Beautifully Restored Museum That's Always "Pay What You Wish" (but spring for the $8 guided tour)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

I've been here twice in the past six months--once just wandering around on my own and once when I took a guided tour with a teacher workshop (VAST) at the PMA. The tour made a world of difference in understanding Rodin, his art, his process, and the recent restoration of the museum. I'd never been to the museum prior to this year, so I had no idea how the outdoor sculptures had appeared prior to the restoration (green, splotchy, dull, dirt-encrusted, etc.). I also had no idea how bronze casts were even created and it wasn't until that was explained to me that I gained a whole new appreciation for Rodin's work.
Prior to my second visit, I had no knowledge of Mastbaum's efforts to establish the Rodin museum in Philadelphia, and the remarkable lengths he went to in acquiring Rodin's work. In fact, I had no idea there are only two Rodin museums--here and in Paris. Who knew Philly's art scene ranked up there with Paris's?
When you visit, spend some time looking at the Burghers of Calais sculpture out in the front garden as well as the foreboding Gates of Hell. Find someone who works there to explain the stories behind these pieces. Ask about Rodin's process, his personality, and the critical reception of his work during his lifetime. If you do, you'll leave this prestigious museum feeling fascinated, instead of confused (which is how you'll feel if you have no art background and don't do one of the tours: $8 guided, $5 audio).

Visited July 2013
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“THIS WAS A GOOD CHOICE”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

This was a small museum with some of Rodin's works and allowed for a very good and even intensive look at some of his works. It is a museum that those who like Rodin's works will not be disappointed.

Visited July 2013
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Beverly Hills, Florida
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“Nice place but small”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

They have a audio tape that you can use. It was better in Paris but still nice. There is a pay as you wish.

Visited July 2013
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“quaint but a must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

With an amazing and knowledgeable staff, the museum is in beautiful shape and holds some wonderful pieces

Visited June 2013
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