When the architect Jean Juste Gustave Lisch built the main chapel constructed within the grounds of the Hotel Biron in 1876, and the interior design drew inspiration from 13th century churches and when the Musee Rodin first opened in 1919 the nave was used as an exhibition hall.
But it was not until the 1960s that the chapel was converted into a true exhibition space when even the roof was removed and a glass ceiling was inserted to allow in more natural light. Yet in 2003 a full renovation programme was implemented so that more space could be created for restoration workshops, office space and exhibition space along with archive consultation and conservation rooms and the inauguration of the renovated chapel took place in the November of 2005.
The grounds of this museum cover an area of over three hectares and were divided into a rose garden, an ornamental garden and a relaxation area, plus you will find that they have two themed walks laid out called the Garden of Orpheus with its rockery and the Garden of Springs with its water.
Auguste Rodin fell in love with the garden, even though at the time he resided at the Hotel Biron it was rather overgrown, but he started to place selected works of his within the grounds, along with antiques from his own personal collection. And the first bronzes were placed in the gardens even before World War I, and since 1993 they are always being meticulously cleaned and treated to preserve their original appearances for years to come.
The marble sculptures that were produced by Auguste Rodin were also placed within the gardens, however, over time these were deteriorating due to constantly being exposed to the elements. Therefore in 1995 a gallery was implemented at the Musee Rodin called the Marble Gallery with glass walls to protect the exhibits, and this also meant that the presentation was able to be laid out thematically and more works could be put on display.
The Hotel Biron mansion house is also a part of the Musee Rodin showing permanent collections and you can discover more about the sculptor, his works and the different stages of his career, how he lived and even learn about his pupils such as Camille Claudel, who was also his lover at one point.
And this museum in Paris is still undergoing more renovations to the actual mansion house, so you may find that certain parts of the Hotel Biron are closed like West Wing which is closed until around April 2013, however, you will not be disappointed when the visit the Musee Rodin, whilst you are on holiday in Paris.
Access to the Musee Rodin Museum in Paris
The Musee Rodin Museum and its grounds are open every day except for on a Monday, the 1st January, 1st May and the 25th December, so you can choose to visit the entire Hotel Biron mansion house and gardens or just the gardens.
The museum itself is open from 9.30am to 5.45pm from the start of April through to the end of September and from 9.30am to 4.45pm from 1st October through to 31st March, however, the gardens are open until 6.45pm from April to September and until 5pm all other months, plus there is a late opening on a Wednesday until 8.45pm, but we would like to point out that last entry is 45 minutes prior to closing.
The cost of entry to the permanent collections of the Musee Rodin along with the gardens is a cost of €6 as of 2012, however, any temporary exhibitions are an additional charge of €3 extra per person, but you can just visit the grounds of the museum for only €1 per person. Yet any person under the age of 18 or students from the EU up until the age of 25 can gain access for free, and those from outside the EU between the ages of 18 and 25 can still visit the museum for a reduced cost of €5, but there is also free entry for any person on the first Sunday of each month.
An audio guide is also available for the permanent collections and the gardens at a cost of €4 as of 2012 and these are available in French, English, Dutch, German, Spanish and Portuguese, which is the same cost for an audio guide to the exhibitions within the chapel.
There are also two family audio guides with interactive plan available so that children can discover more and the special pen will set off commentary when highlighting a certain image that will then guide a family through the grounds via the plan called Focuses on the Grounds or the Hotel Biron plan called In Search of Rodin. These are a cost of €3 for an adult and child and each additional device is charged at €1.50 as of 2012.
Located in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris, the nearest Metro station is called Varenne on line 13 or you could utilise the Invalides stop on lines 8 and 13, which also means you could visit Les Invalides and the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte I, which is very nearby.
The RER train station is Invalides on line C and the Paris buses numbered 69, 82, 87 and 92 are also within easy reach of the Musee Rodin and this is a lovely place to visit away from hustly and bustle, especially on a beautiful summers day within the grounds of this museum.
More information on Musee Rodin and Hotel Biron
- The Musee Rodin Museum in Paris
- The Hotel Biron Mansion House
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The Musee Rodin Museum in Paris
The Musee Rodin is housed within the old mansion house called the Hotel Biron, which is where the sculptor Auguste Rodin lived and worked, and housing a major collection of his works, this museum in Paris was officially opened in 1919.
About the Musee Rodin Museum in Paris
The Hotel Biron and its grounds opened to the public as the Musee Rodin museum dedicated to the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin back in 1919 and was listed as a historical monument in Paris in 1926.
The grounds, the mansion house itself and buildings such as the Chapel that was built when the estate was a convent and boarding school, have all undergone major renovations and restoration schemes to improve the visitor experience in order to admire even more of the famous works on display like The Thinker.