The Rodin Museum is situated near the Musée d'Orsay and is housed in what was formerly the Hôtel Biron, the beautiful hotel where Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) once lived and worked. Inside are many of Rodin's great marble sculptures including The Kiss while outside, in the garden, are famous bronzes including The Thinker. The museum also includes many works by Camille Claudel (Rodin's pupil and mistress) and paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet and Rodin himself. The museum has a gift shop, with reproductions of some of the most famous works. Unfortunately the museum has been closed for renovations recently; the east wing has reopened with a temporary exhibition featuring the most famous works of Rodin and Claudel and this is still very much worth the visit, particularly as the lovely gardens also remain open; however, the west wing is still closed and not all the art is currently on display. See website for details.
Address: 77 Rue de Varenne
Telephone: (01) 4418 6110
Transport: Mï¿½tro Varenne, Invalides or Saint-Franï¿½ois-Xavier; RER to Invalides station; bus 69, 82, 87 or 92.
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5:45pm. Closed on Monday. Open late on Wednesday, till 8.45pm.
Admission: ï¿½9 (adult); ï¿½5 (18 to 25 year olds from non EU countries). Concessions available. Free for all on the first Sunday of each month.