Moving further through the Musee Bourdelle you will get to see a room that forms part of the house where Antoine lived from 1885 and even though he ended up living in a different apartment from 1918, he still used to entertain his visitors here and come to work here every day. And it is here that you will be able to discover some of his personal items and additional items that he himself collected.
Another area you can discover are the studios where Antoine Bourdelle would of worked, and when you look at the history of the Musee Bourdelle, you will find that these were faithfully preserved by his wife Cleopatre Sevastos and his daughter Rhodia and include touching pastels, etc.
The studios really do provide a great insight into the variety of different techniques and materials Bourdelle used to work with such as wood and bronze, plus this is where he also taught several students including Aristide Maillol.
You will also find a private courtyard garden at this museum in Paris, which holds many of the early works that he completed such as Hannibals First Victory and Sappho, not forgetting the Dying Centaur bronze that we mentioned earlier.
Another extension had to be built and this was designed by Christian de Portzamparc, who also designed the Cite de la Musique within the Parc de la Villette and this section of the Musee Bourdelle Museum sheds new light on two commemorative monuments including the Monument to the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. But this wing can also accommodate temporary exhibitions plus is home to a conservation area, resource centre and a graphic arts room.
Access to the Musee Bourdelle Museum in Paris
You will be pleased to know that this is one of the disabled friendly museums in Paris with lift access to the different levels, disabled toilets and a wheelchair is also available at reception if required, plus there are large print tour guides for those with sight problems.
The Musee Bourdelle is open an a Tuesday to a Sunday from 10am through to 6pm, however, it is always closed on a Monday and on all national French holidays, plus there are a variety of cultural events organised throughout the year and to find out more you would need to telephone the cultural activities office.
You will also be pleased to know that admission to the museum for its permanent exhibitions is completely free for everyone, however, there is an admission charge when temporary exhibitions are being held, and this varies each time, yet there are concessions for children under the age of 14.
Now when it comes to accessing the Musee Bourdelle, it is actually situated in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris close to the Montparnasse Tower and the Gare Montparnasse train station. The nearest Metro station is called the Montparnasse-Bienvenue and you will need lines 4, 6, 12 or 13 and take the Place Bienvenue exit.
Another metro station reasonably close is called Falguiere, and you would need line 12 for this stop, but if you are travelling by bus, then you would need one of the numbers 28, 58, 91, 95 or 96.
More information on Musee Bourdelle
- Musee Bourdelle Museum in Paris
- Antoine Bourdelle and History of the Musee Bourdelle
Address and Contact Details
18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 49 54 73 73
Cultural Activities Tel: +33 (0) 1 49 54 73 91
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Musee Bourdelle Museum in Paris
This museum in Paris is dedicated to the French artist and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and is located within the apartment and studio in the Montparnasse area where he lived and worked from 1885.
About the Musee Bourdelle Museum
When you enter the Musee Bourdelle, the first room you are most like going to encounter is called the Great Hall and this was the extension added in 1961 on the centenary of his birth. It was constructed to hold some monumental plaster works, such as the one called the Monument to General Alvear and another called the Dying Centaur, and in fact there is a bronze copy on display in the garden.
Now the next area you can visit and enjoy is actually the front garden with its gallery and terrace that has the signature piece of Antoine Bourdelle on display, which is called Heracles the Archer.