Rodin Museum Tour: A Guided Crash Course with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Survey the artwork of world-renowned sculptor, Auguste Rodin
From US$422 privately
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Tour Details
2 hours
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Rodin Museum
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  • Explore Rodin’s expansive oeuvre with an art historian or artist
  • Includes skip-the-line tickets to the Rodin Museum's permanent collection and sculptures garden
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Tour Description
On this two-hour tour in the company of an artist or art historian, we’ll explore the Musée Rodin, a monographic museum home to the world’s largest collection of works from the celebrated sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The museum is housed in a Parisian mansion, Hôtel Biron, where the artist worked during the final years of his life. In both its location and its contents, the museum presents a uniquely comprehensive vision of Rodin’s artistic development and innovative style. By the end of our visit, we’ll have a greater appreciation of Rodin’s work and his impact on the art world that still resonates today.
  • Rodin Museum (Hôtel Biron)
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Rodin Museum and Gardens
  • The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell
As we explore the exhibition space, spread over 18 rooms, we’ll learn about the working methods that allowed Rodin to create his uniquely expressive works by examining the plaster models and other objects that he made in advance of casting his final bronze sculptures. We'll visit a replica of the room where Rodin lived and worked, with its original furniture and pieces from his vast collection of antiquities. We’ll also get a feel for the artists and artworks that inspired him, including antique marbles and the drawings and sculptures of his Parisian contemporaries. 

Then, as we stroll through the sprawling gardens of the museum estate, we’ll experience Rodin’s expressive power first-hand as we examine some of his largest and best-known works, including The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais, and The Gates of Hell. We might also discuss the way that The Thinker began as a small figure to be placed within a larger work, or explore the thirty-five-year process that finally brought the Gates of Hell to fruition -- only after the artist’s death.

By the end of our tour, we’ll have a greater understanding of the complexity of Rodin’s working method and the dynamism of his completed sculptures. This will help us to appreciate what makes a Rodin, a Rodin.

Interested in learning more about 19th-century art? Check out our Musée d’Orsay and Giverny tours. 
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.

There are 8 in my family, can we take this tour?
This tour is capped at 8 due to venue reservation restrictions, this also helps your tour experience in order to best navigate the museum and crowds. Should you have a larger group, we suggest splitting into multiple groups.

Will you pre-purchase tickets?
Yes. We pre-purchase Rodin Museum tickets for all visitors, which give access to the museum's permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and gardens. These tickets will only allow you to enter the museum once. Any exit is final. You can, however, reenter with a Museum Pass. Your guide will have the tickets with him/her on the day of the tour. 

Is there a long line to enter the museum? Can I "skip the line"?
If you have one of our pre-purchased tickets, you will not be required to wait in any ticket line. There is a security check through which all visitors to the museum are required to pass, and there is sometimes a line for this. Because we have advance tickets, we have access to a special ticket holder security line, which is very short. 

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Laure-Caroline was extraordinary! What a perfect tour and guide! We definitely wanted to spend many more hours learning from LC. She is passionate and fun and so very knowledgable. She expanded our awareness and admiration for Rodin. And thanks to LC we now have a completely new and enormous respect and appreciation for Camille Claudel! Thank You Laure-Caroline! Scotty and Gina
My daughter and I have done several Context Tours and Lindsay was absolutely the BEST guide we have ever had. She was very well prepared and extremely passionate and knowledgeable about French history, Rodin as well as many other artists. Highly recommend!!!!!
Laurent is a SUPERSTAR guide! We had an extraordinary tour of the Rodin Museum that exceeded our highest expectation with the depth and breadth of Laurent’s art knowledge, his delightful manner, and his willingness to engage and share his knowledge. Never mind Context’s 5-star ranking: Laurent deserves 10 stars!