This museum features the largest collection of art by Auguste Rodin outside France. It includes bronze castings, plaster molds, drawings, prints, and letters from the sculptor. The institution was founded by Jules Mastbaum, a movie theater magnate, who began to collect works by Rodin in 1923. In only three years, Mastbaum’s collection was the largest excluding France. The city of Philadelphia opened the museum in 1929.
Visitors to the museum can view a wide array of Rodin’s art. They include busts of the French sculptor and painter Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, a sculpture of the head of Balzac, a rendering of Rodin’s own hand holding a human torso, and detail studies for larger sculptures.
Attractions such as these, including a bronze cast of The Thinker, Rodin’s most recognizable work, and the historic tribute The Burghers of Calais, attract nearly 60,000 visitors to the museum. And although within Philadelphia’s city limits, the museum retains a peaceful atmosphere.
Rodin Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Great (Buses 7, 32, and 48 are a 1-minute walk from the 21st St. and Hamilton St. stop)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Great; listening enhancement system, touch tours, Braille, and large-print materials are available
- Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays
- Admission: A contribution of $5 per person is suggested
- Tour: Free guided tours are given at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Visitors should gather in the Main Entrance Hall
- Audio Tour: Liistening enhancement systems are available
- Group Tours: Guided group tours are $8 per person for groups of 15 people or more; Unguided tours are $75 per group (up to 25 people) and $25 for each additional 25 people
- Donations: Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.