79, Rue de Varenne

Phone: +33 1 44 18 61 10
Fax: +33 1 44 18 61 30

Musée Rodin

The Government acquired the Hôtel Biron in 1905 and Rodin rented the ground floor from 1908 onwards. From that moment, the sculptor, backed by his closest friends, was determined to turn the Hôtel Biron into a museum devoted to his works. It was only in 1916, through three successive donations, that Rodin handed over to the Government all his collections and personal archives, his property in Meudon and, even more important, his works, both sculptures and drawings, accompanied by reproduction rights. The museum opened its doors to the public on 4 August 1919. At present, it houses marble, bronze, plaster, wax and terracotta sculptures, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and works by other artists (Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh) from his personal collection.

Rodin museum in Meudon

Rodin lived with his companion, Rose Beuret, in the Villa des Brillants in Meudon which he rented at the end of 1893 and bought in December 1895. Both of them are buried in Meudon, and their tomb is decorated with a statue of The Thinker. An annex building, adjoining the reconstructed facade of the Château d'Issy, contains an exhibition of assemblages and plaster casts showing the successive phases of the major monuments executed by the artist (The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, Balzac, The Monument to Victor Hugo, The Monument to Whistler ... ).

 Permanent Collection Highlights (6)

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Permanent Collection


The Rodin Museum possesses about six thousand and six hundred sculptures. These works, in terracotta, plaster, bronze, marble, wax, molten glass, stoneware, etc, are shared between the Hôtel Biron in Paris, and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon. When the Museum was first established, it was decided to exhibit the finished marble and bronze sculptures in Paris, while the plasters would remain in Meudon as a testimony to the genesis of Rodin's works. The situation has not changed much since then. In Meudon, visitors can delve into the mysteries of artistic creation while at the Hôtel Biron they can admire the major works of the sculptor, skilfully arranged in the Museum rooms and the garden in a complementary game of reflections. The 1916 donation of marble and bronze sculptures has been enriched by gifts, acquisitions, casts made by the Museum (The Gates of Hell, Ugolino, etc) and finally deposits of works which belonged to the State and were placed in the Rodin Museum in 1919 or later. These include the two most famous works of the Museum, The Kiss and The Thinker.

Claudie Judrin

A sculptor does not draw like a painter. The former constructs, the latter envelops, with a line like Laurens or with hatching like Michelango, using a dry technique like Csaky or a soft one like Maillol. But whatever kind of strokes he adopts, the sculptor tends to search for space or volume. Rodin was no exception to this rule even though he sometimes disconcerted viewers. Accustomed to the drawings of a painter, the viewer expects to see a preliminary study for a work, and therefore a sculpture. The hybrid nature of great creators c...+ [ Read all ]


Exhibitions in the Rodin museum's chapel

- Rodin. Les figures d'Eros .Dessins et aquarelles érotiques,

Exhibition of 22 November - 18 March 2007

Exhibition commission: Dominique Viéville, Christina Buley-Uribe, Hélène Pinet

Where does the nude end? Where does eroticism start?
Although Rodin is recognized as one of the fathers of modern sculpture, his graphic work remains generally unknown. Through 140 drawings and watercolors, executed between 1890 and 1917, as well as 5 sculptures, this exhibition presents all the aspects of the body, from a simple to the most erotic nude.
In the 1880’s, Rodin’s drawings were mainly associated with The Gates of Hell, with a series of « black » sketches representing somber and tormented subjects inspired by Dante. Starting in the 1890’s, Rodin strays from literary andmythological themes to devote himself to the representation of the nude from living models. He first completes a series of drawings referred to as transitional, marked by two dominant colors, i.e. yellow and pink. Later, he becomes committed to representing large female nudes, using the entire palette of drawing techniques to express physical sensuality: line drawing, stumping, watercolors and gouache.
Rodin is looking for spontaneity and endeavors to capture movement in the moment. In order to accomplish this, he uses a particular method, allowing the pencil express itself freely on the paper without taking his eyes off the model in order to reveal the truth of the body.
These drawings, similarly to the entire bulk of his graphic work, were in no way a preparation for his sculptures; these are works of art in the...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Portfolio exhibitions
- Rodin. La main révèle l’homme, Dessins, photographies et sculptures
7 février 2006 au 28 mai 2006

- Rodin. La main révèle l’homme, Dessins, photographies et sculptures
7 février 2006 au 28 mai 2006

- Hommes, Rodin et les dessins de nus masculins
16 juin au 11 novembre 2006

Major exhibitions
- Rodin et les danseuses cambodgiennes,
Sa dernière passion
16 juin au 17 septembre 2006

-Rodin, Brancusi, Giacometti
La sculpture dans l’espace
17 novembre 2005 au 26 février 2006

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

• Rodin, le rêve japonais
16 May - 9 September 2007

• Rodinet la photographie
14 novembre- 16 mars 2008


Garden and Permanent collection:
full price : 6 euro
concessions : 4 euro

Garden and temporary exhibitions:
full price: 6 euro
concessions : 4 euro

Permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and garden:
ful price: 9 euro
concessions : 7 euro

Garden: 1 euro
monthly membership : 6 euro
yearly membership : 45 euro

Free entry to under 18s, teachers, jobseekers, Cotorep card holders
Concessions for 18 to 25 year olds.

The permanent collection and garden is free on the first sunday of the month.

Visa, debit cards and cheques accepted for amounts of more than 7 euros, accompanied by a piece of ID.

Opening hours

Open everyday except Monday.

Summer hours (april- september) :
Museum and shop open from
9h30 to 17h45
The Hotel Biron closes at 17h45
The park closes at : 18h45
Last entry : 17h15

Winter Hours(october - march) :
Museum and shop open from 9h30 to 16h45
Hotel Biron closes at: 16h45
The park closes at : 17h00
Last entry : 16h15

Getting there

Métro (line 13) : Varenne, Invalides ou Saint-François-Xavier

R.E.R (line C) : Invalides

Bus : 69, 82, 87, 92 to Bd des Invalides


Documentation - Archives - Library
By appointment, tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays,
on 01 44 18 61 10

By appointment on 01 44 18 61 10
Drawing Room
By appointment on 01 44 18 61 19
Photography Service
By appointment on 01 44 18 61 41 or 01 44 18 61 42

The temporary exhibition and the ground floor of thr Hotel Biron are accessible to disabled visitors.

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Tours and conferences available for adults, children, families, students and disabled visitors.
Information and reservations daily from 9h30 à 12h
on 01 44 18 61 24