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Rodine Museum
2154 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Art Museum
Philadelphia, Pa 19130
Cross Street: 22nd Street
Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays.
(Hours subject to change.)

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) brought monumental public sculpture into the modern era. While the artist was well acquainted with the idealized subjects of classical and Renaissance sculpture, in his own work Rodin's aim was to be absolutely faithful to nature. His ability to convey movement and emotion, the bravura of his light-catching modeling, and his extraordinary use of similar figures in different mediums have established him as one of the greatest sculptors of all time. Philadelphia movie theater magnate and well-known philanthropist Jules Mastbaum (American, 1872–1926) began collecting works by Rodin in 1923, with the intention of founding a museum to enrich the lives of his fellow citizens. He set about assembling a complete view of Rodin's work, acquiring not only finished bronzes but plaster studies as well as drawings, prints, letters, and books. By the time of his death in 1926, Mastbaum had brought together the greatest Rodin collection outside of Paris. He had also commissioned two French Neoclassical architects working in Philadelphia, Paul Cret (1876–1945) and Jacques Gréber (1882–1962), to collaborate on a museum and garden to house the collection.

  • Admission: A contribution of $5 per person is suggested.
  • Accessibility: Parking and barrier-free access available. Listening enhancement system, touch tours, Braille and large-print materials available upon advance request by calling . TTY for Deaf and hearing impaired callers, (215) 684-7600.
  • Facility: Wheelchair entrance, restrooms, and the Rodin Shop.
  • Administrative:Administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1939, the historic Museum is renowned for both the importance of its holdings—one of the largest collections of works by Auguste Rodin in the world—and for the beauty of its grounds and architecture, an extraordinary blend of art and nature.
  • History:The Rodin Museum, which opened to the public in 1929, owns nearly 130 sculptures, including bronze casts of the artist's greatest works: The Thinker, perhaps the most famous sculpture in the world; The Burghers of Calais, his most heroic and moving historical tribute; Eternal Springtime, a compelling work dealing with human love; Apotheosis of Victor Hugo, an example of the powerful monuments Rodin created of French intellectuals; and the culminating creation of his career, The Gates of Hell, on which the artist worked from 1880 until his death in 1917.
  • How You Can Help: Delight visitors and passersby with a changing seasonal landscape augmented by spellbinding examples of Rodin's sculpture presented out of doors, as intended by those who conceived and designed the Museum. Donate
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