Rodin Museum

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Benjamin Franklin Pkwy at 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rodin Museum Philadelphia Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Rodin Museum Jul 19, 2013
Rodin Museum is a small, purposely built place on the Philly’s Franklin parkway where most of the museums are. Large “the thinker” statue greats you before entering garden that looks like French aristocracy gardens. Rodin’s Gates to Hell composition (he made this huge door for the cathedral that was never made, so he used some parts as a separate statues) is at the entrance to the building, also featuring “thinker” that was originally the part of the door. Entrance fees are suggested so you don’t need to pay full price, but whatever you’d like. Museum features models, granite and casted sculptures. It has some of the finest sculptures that Rodin made, and it is well worth visiting.
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lulusartshack lulusart…
50 reviews
Biggest Rodin collection outside of Paris Oct 10, 2008
The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia is the largest collectino of the sculptor's works outside of Paris. Best known for his sculpture, "The Thinker," the museum houses over 100 bronze casts, plaster sculptures and drawings. "The Burghers of Calais" is a huge historical tribute, where the most interesting hands, feets and faces were peiced together to create the final work. Auguste Rodin's fascination with hands and the emotions hands depict is also refelcted in the museum's collection, with works such as "The Clenched Hand," "The Temple," and "The Secret." My favorites of the museum are the collection of busts of famous writers, artists, politicians in the back room and "The Age of Bronze," a statue so life-like it caused a scandal when it was first unveiled because it was believed Rodin cast it directly from a living person.

The museum also allows photography, as long as there is no use of flash, strobe or tripods (which is no big deal, since there is plenty of natural light). There are plenty of shady benches to relax on in the serene gardens outside as well. It is definitely worth the $3 to while away a couple of hours.
Outside gardens at Rodin Museum
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"Kneeling Fauness" at Rodin Museum
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