September 10, 2010, Newsletter Issue #47: Musee Rodin

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The Musee Rodin is housed in the Hotel Biron located on Rue de Varenne in the 7th Arrondissmont (district) of Paris. Auguste Rodin lived and worked in the 18th century hotel for nine years and, before his death in 1917, he donated all of his works to the nation so that they would be exhibited here. Close to 500 of Rodin’s sculptures are on display in the paris museum, including his most famous masterpieces, “The Gates of Hell,” “The Thinker,” “The Kiss,” and his statue of the Honore de Balzac. The gardens that surround the hotel contain many more of Rodin’s works as well.
The hotel itself, was built from 1728 -30 by Jean Aubert and was purchased by the Duc de Biron, Gontaut. The hotel changed ownership many times until in 1820 the widow of the last owner sold it to a religious community which was eventually removed in 1904. Rodin saved the building from being demolished.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:45pm, April through September. October through March the museum closes one hour earlier. The gardens remain open another hour after the museum closes. The museum is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. To see the museum, temporary exhibits and garden, the cost is 9 Euros.

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