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Rodin Museum: Philadelphia’s “Paris on the Parkway”

In November 1929, Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway opened its doors to Rodin Museum – a beautiful gift of Parisian culture presented by Philadelphia native philanthropist Jules E. Mastbaum, nestled between The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s main building. Amidst the Beaux-Arts architecture and formal French garden rests the sculpture of world renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

While many of Rodin’s works were widely criticized during his lifetime, and his realism clashed with the predominant figure sculpture tradition of his era, today he is considered the father of modern sculpture and many of his works are among the most celebrated and recognizable pieces of art throughout the world.

Rodin Museum – Philadelphia

With more than 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters representing every phase of his career, Rodin Museum presents one of the world’s most distinguished collections of works by Auguste Rodin; the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris.

Among his works on display:

  • Eternal Springtime
  • Copy of “The Kiss”
  • Crying Woman
  • Fording the Stream
  • The Minotaur
  • Madame Vicuña
  • Kneeling Fauness
  • Torso of a Man
  • The Sirens
  • Head of Crying Girl
  • Jules Bastien-Lepage
  • Polyphemus
  • Scene from the French Revolution
  • Youth Triumphant

For the complete listing of Rodin’s sculptures on display, visit Rodin Museum’s Collection online.

The French Garden

Here amidst one of Philadelphia’s most romantic environments, eight of Rodin’s sculptures are displayed outdoors in a formal garden setting and near the placid reflecting pool…

  • The Thinker
  • The Gates of Hell
  • Adam
  • The Shade
  • The Age of Bronze
  • Eve
  • The Three Shades
  • The Burghers of Calais

The museum is available for group and school tours, and features many programs, performances, classes, lectures, activities and events throughout the year. Here are some of the upcoming events at Rodin Museum:

Daily Tour: Rediscovering Rodin (free with Museum admission)
Ongoing, Wednesday through Monday at 1:30 pm

Second Saturday Sketch
Saturday, July 13th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Free with Museum admission

Curator Talk: “For me sculpture is an outdoor art.”
Wednesday, July 17th starting at 11:00 am
Free with Museum admission

Curator Talk: “For me sculpture is an outdoor art.”
Saturday, July 20th starting at 11:00 am
Free with Museum admission

An up-to-date schedule of events and programs can be found at the Rodin Museum Calendar online.

Museum Membership Options

When you become a member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you enjoy not only a full year of art for free at the city’s premier art institution, but also unlimited access to the Rodin Museum.

Membership lets you experience art collections, special exhibitions, musical performances, educational programs, social opportunities, and memorable times with those you love. You will also be actively supporting the arts in Philadelphia, sustaining the mission and activities of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and helping to preserve extraordinary works of art for generations to come.

For more information on becoming a member, visit www.philamuseum.org/membership.

Rodin Museum is one of Philadelphia’s many unique and historic landmarks; one that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. To obtain more information about the museum, garden and galleries, call (215) 763-8100 or visit the museum online at www.rodinmuseum.org.

Transportation to Rodin Museum

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