Musee Rodin

79 rue de Varenne. (Open Map)


Visiting the renowned art museum, the Hôtel Biron, is worthwhile even for those who are not art lovers. Auguste Rodin, a sculptor, painter, sketcher, engraver, and collector, bequeathed his entire collection to the French state in 1908, with the agreement that they dedicate his former home and studio to displaying his works. Here, he created his magnificent artwork which is presented throughout the mansion and its rose-filled gardens; one of the most tranquil areas in the heart of Paris.

The Hôtel Biron highlights include the iconic The Thinker statue, surrounded by The Gates of Hell, a 180 figure relief portraying a scene from Dante’s Inferno. Additionally, the museum exhibits Rodin’s monument to love, The Kiss, and the world's largest collection of Camille Claudel’s work, Rodin’s protégé and muse. On the first floor, in room 12, you can find paintings from Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet which were owned by Rodin. The ground floor room, ‘Rodin at the Hôtel Biron’, is arranged with sculptures and assorted objects that were collected by Rodin himself in 1908.