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“a lovely small museum”
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Rodin Museum
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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 26, 2014

This was my first visit to the Rodin Museum since they moved some of the sculpture outside. That greatly improves it--the inside is no longer overcrowded, and in particular the Burghers of Calais works much better in the open air than inside, where it oddly dominated the room; seen from the window inside the figures seem appropriately diminished, matching the depicted despair and misery.

It's a small museum, with a wonderful collection of Rodin's work, including the Gates of Hell. Entrance is included in the fee for the Philadelphia Museum of Art; visiting both makes sense.

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

If you can't go to Paris then this is a must see destination during a stay in Philadelphia. The museum is only on one level but has an excellent collection of pieces by Rodin as well as gardens with some outside casts of Rodin pieces. Can easily do museum in about 1- 11/2 hours and combine with Barnes Foundation which is across the street

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

The grounds were pretty in seeing the numerous sculptures outside. Saw a wedding party of groomsmen taking photos.

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Reviewed August 20, 2014

Big things come in small packages, and Rodin Museum is perhaps the best example. This small, one-floor museum may be one of the finest museums that you will ever visit in your life!

As you enter from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you will be immediately greeted by the life-sized bronze Thinker in front of a white gateway. Once you pass the gateway, you will be the Rodin Museum itself behind a garden with a reflection pool.

You will probably already notice that in the center of the white museum building is the black Gate of Hell, the conglomerate of all Rodin's signature works that is inspired by Dante's Inferno. Both side of the buildings has two life-sized groups of Rodin's signature works.

Inside the building requires paid admission, but it's pay-as-you-wish everyday. The interior exhibit contains many sculptures including the Kiss and the Eternal Springtime. You can probably finish viewing everything in the building within an hour, but if you are interested in knowing the sculptures more, join one of the free guided tours or ask for an audio phone guide.

I am an idiot when it comes to art and even I enjoyed every aspect of Rodin Museum, so I believe that if you have even the smallest appreciation in art, this is certainly a museum that you cannot miss!

*Suggested admission: $10 for adults, $7 for students

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Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed the grounds of the museum as well as the inside. It had a very Zen quality to it. The admission is only $10 or it's included in the price if you buy a ticket for the Philadelphia museum of art. The museum itself is small, so it doesn't take too long to see it, and the sculptures were not cast by Rodin himself, but they are all made from his original molds. It was very interesting to see the different pieces and how he would use components over and over in different ways to make new sculptures.

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