This is one of my absolute favorite museums in Paris - an absolute must for any visit to the City of Light that lasts a couple days! Combining a varied and manageable collection in a gorgeous space, magnificent gardens and an on-site café, this is a great option for families.
The museum is housed in a 1700s mansion that was previously Rodin’s personal home and studio. He bequeathed it to the State near the end of his life, along with all of his works, in exchange for a guarantee that it would remain a national museum. Lucky us! I love that you can see the works in the same space where they were conceived.
Here, you can see some of Rodin’s most famous works - ‘The Thinker,’ ‘The Walking Man,’ 'The Gates of Hell,' and ‘Balzac’ ... among with tons of other paintings (did you know Rodin painted in his early career?), and marble and bronze statues. There are also plenty of studies for his completed works on display - this is a great opportunity to show kids that even masters have to practice and practice to make a great final product.
The museum looks out over a sprawling garden - it is so big that it is surprising when you remember you’re in the heart of Paris! The landscaping is beautiful, and as I visited on particularly beautiful Indian summer day, I found a bench in a secluded area and read. Lovely! Statues are tucked in between rose bushes and manicured bushes. It is truly a unique viewing experience!
The museum also offers a special kid tour, available in English, that lasts one hour. It is on a tablet, and guides kids through the museum with an interactive experience. I can't wait to go back with my kids!
77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris +33 1 44 18 61 10
Metro stops : Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (line 13, line 8)
Adults - 13 euros, Under 18 Free, Audio Guide for adults or kids - 6 euros