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“Intimate museum with an impressive collection”
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Rodin Museum
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Philadelphia Museum of Art General Admission
Ranked #16 of 468 things to do in Philadelphia
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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 November 16, 2013

I had a couple free hours and happened into the Rodin museum right before a free docent led tour was taking place. I first learned about Rodin while visiting Paris, and was incredibly impressed with the collection at this small museum. I really enjoyed the docent led tour and learned a lot about Rodin and his work.

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"small collection"
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"beautiful sculptures"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

I realize, unlike some reviewers, that a niche museum devoted to one artist is bound to be smaller than (e.g.) the Barnes Foundation or Philadelphia Museum of Art; but the smallness of this museum was still a little startling until I realized that this museum is administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. That makes it almost more of a gallery of the PMA rather than a museum unto itself. Seeing it from that perspective, this is the one "world class" collection of the PMA. All the most key Rodin pieces are represented here.
It was amusing to note that some reviewers noted that the best-known pieces are outside the building and, therefore, are free. They apparently are unaware that a "suggested donation" is just that. If you want to be miserly and visit the whole museum for free, you can. Either way, the interior pieces are worth a look. While we didn't take a tour, we overheard a couple of docents as we waited to take pictures, and they both seemed to be well-informed and enthusiastic.
I guess it helps to be a fan of Rodin, or at least of sculpture, but we enjoyed this place.
It's inexpensive (Even if you make the suggested donation), small enough to not kill you, and it exposes you to art that you probably knew about but probably never saw up close. It's only got 140 pieces, but I guess it saves you traveling to France to see a larger collection of Rodin pieces!
In saying that the museum has a fee, I am assuming that most people aren't too cheap to make at least some donation.

Thank HowlnBubba
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Recently re-opened, very nice collection of Rodin inside and out. Photos ok. nice library for research, well laid out. small but choice. No restaurant but almost across the street are Starbucks and Whole Foods which has GREAT food and fine place to eat. Next to the new Barnes Foundation so nice to do both in the same day - buy ahead for Barnes.

Thank oli h
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Wonderful small museum, have to go to Europe to see a larger collection of thisfinme artist. The grounds are inviting, pack a bag lunch and sit on the lawn before or after enjoying this marvelous museum.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

I stumbled upon this quite by accident on my way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the "Rocky Steps, actually), and it is quite amazing. Think no more! Go!

Thank DisneyKahuna
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