Rodin Museum Private Tour
Our Rodin Museum Tour is a private guided tour in which our fully licensed guide Lecturer will help you to make the most of your visit to the Musée Rodin, a amazing collection in an amazing mansion.
Rodin Museum Private Guided Tour essentials
From 130 € for 1 to 2 people + 25 € per extra personn
- +/- 2 hours guided tour in English
- Really private tour = your party only (6 people max.)
- Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
- Flexible time schedule
- Not available on Mondays
- Skip-the-line ticket to buy online (14 € per adult)
Skip-the-line-tickets clarification : on-line tickets.
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Rodin Museum Master Pieces
The Gates of Hell, The Inner Voice, Danaïd, Monument to Balzac, Monument to The Burghers of Calais, The Cathedral, The Walking Man, The Kiss, The Age of Bronze,
Ugolino and His Sons, Sleep,
Rodin Museum does not guarantee the presence of all artworks; some may be temporarily out of the museum.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Tour Concepts & Technics
Your Private Rodin Museum Tour Guide
Certified French national guide
BA, Magna Cum Laude, Heritage Developpement & Preservation from Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
Postgraduate from Paris Dauphine-PSL University
Why a Rodin Museum Tour?
Our private tour of the Rodin Museum allows you to delve deeper into the life and art of Auguste Rodin in an amazing famous 18th-century mansion that has been used as a studio and home by Rodin for over 20 years.
A large portion of the museum’s collection comes from Rodin’s own personal collection,
The Rodin Museum Private Tour experience is a unique and intimate way to explore the works of one of the world’s greatest sculptors.
But most of all, our tour offers you a coherent and ordered approach to Rodin’s work to help you understand it, which is not so easy in the beginning!
Rodin Museum Tour Organisation
- Comprehensive Introduction to Rodin live and main milestone works (front garden and yard of the museum)
- Discovery of the life and works of Rodin in the Museum galleries.
- Focus on Camille Claudel in the dedicated room of the Museum.
- Comprehensive stroll among the sculptures of the museum’s beautiful park.
Focus on Some Aspects of the Rodin Museum Tour Organisation
Discover the amazing Rodin art collection. Rodin owned a lot of paintings of his time (he was also himself a painter); his collection includes three Van Gogh, one Monet, and one Renoir paintings.
Rodin was also a fan of ancient Rome sculpture. Ancient sculpture profoundly influenced Rodin’s art. A room in the museum is dedicated to Rodin and antiquity.
Rodin was an opponent of the restoration of sculptures. He firmly believed that fragments convey emotion and have a strong power of expression.
This is how Rodin starts to work on fragments and to even removes the heads and limbs from his own figures. By doing so, Rodin created a new genre of contemporary art – “the headless, limbless torso.”
The Walking Man derives from the Saint John the Baptist and perfectly illustrates the limbless concept.
Additionally, also learn about the beautiful mansion that houses the museum. Hôtel Biron is one of the most prestigious 18th-century mansions of the boulevard Saint Germain district.
During the century of light, the mansion was the residency of the Duchess du Maine, the wife of the Duc du Maine the preferred bastard son of Louis the XIV.
Nowadays its close neighbor, Hôtel Matignon, is nothing less than the siege of the French Prime Minister and government.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time fan of Rodin’s work, our private tour is the perfect way to experience and enjoy the museum at our own pace.
Milestone Works to Understand Rodin
Man with the Broken Nose (1865)
The Age of Bronze (1877)
The Gates of Hell (1880-1917)
Bust of Victor Hugo (1883)
Eternal Springtime (1884)
Monument to the Burghers of Calais (1884-1889)
Monuments to Victor Hugo – Panthéon (1889-1890)
Monument to Balzac (1892-1898)
Monument to Victor Hugo – Palais Royal (1890-1901)
The Divine Comedy a Key in Rodin’s Work
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (1321, Italy) was a never ended source of inspiration for Rodin.
This pre-eminent medieval poem imagines the afterworld in three parts:
- Hell (Inferno)
- Purgatory (Purgatorio)
- Paradise (Paradiso)
The Gates of Hell is Rodin’s transcription of Dante’s Inferno.
This is Rodin’s central work from which he will create numerous related sculptures such as Paolo and Francesca (The Kiss) or Ugolino and His Sons.
The Gates of Hell is a Rodin tribute and answer to Lorenzo Ghiberti‘s 15th-century Gates of Paradise at the Baptistery of St. John in Florence.
A Moving Photo to Understand Rodin
The picture is highly informative because it shows Rodin working using clay. This is the base and the beginning of his creation process to form a three-dimensional sculpture before giving his practicians the mission to translate it into plaster and then into a bronze cast or a marble.
This photograph shows Jeanne Bardley (sculptor, pintor, and last Rodin pupil) completing a portrait bust of Rodin while the master is working on one of her daughters Henriette.
Jeanne Bardley was one of the numerous Rodin’s Mistresses, as she was also his pupil; she has been compared to Camille Claudel. Rodin was close enough to Jeanne Bardley to give her to organize the future Rodin Museum.
Henriette Jeanne Bardley’s daughter was Rodin last important model.
The photo was taken in 1915/1916, one or two years before Rodin’s death (1917). He is already a diminished old man, but he continues to work on his image for posterity, and photography is one of the tools he uses for it.
Three of your Guide favorit Artworks of the musée Rodin
The model of The Sleep for its fragile beauty. She Who Was the Helmet Maker’s Once-Beautiful Wife for the implacable description of the hardness of the human condition. The Mature Age (also named The Path of Life or Fatality) for the synthesis of the drama of Camile Claudel’s life.
Focus on She Who Was the Helmet Maker’s Once-Beautiful Wife
She Who Was the Helmet Maker’s Once-Beautiful Wife was named in French by Rodin Celle qui fût la belle heaulmière. Doing so, Rondin refers and answers to a famous French poet of the end of the Middle Ages, François Villon, who wrote in 1461 Les regrets de la belle heaulmière (The Lament of La Belle Heaulmiere). Extract:
« Ha ! vieillesse felonne et fière,
Pourquoy m’as si tost abatue ?
Qui me tient que je ne me fière,
Et qu’à ce coup je ne me tue ?“
“ Ah foul age, in your bitterness
And hate, why have you used me so ?
What hinders me in my duress
Ending this life so useless now ? “
Rodin Museum Private Tour Reviews
Great experiences Musee Louvre & Rodin
We (four of us) took the 4-hr Friday night Louvre tour, then backed up with the Musee Rodin. Yves constructed two wonderful experiences for us. Yves is very passionate about you getting the best tour experience and a great communicator (and lovely bloke). His knowledge and stamina is amazing. We regard these tours as part of the high points of our 10-day stay in Paris.
More Rodin Related Places in Paris and Outside
The Musée Rodin in Meudon
In Meudon is the Villa des Brillants, Rodin’s home for the last 20 years of his life. There is the famous plasters gallery where his sculptures are displayed in the successive states of their process of creation.
In the park of the Villa des Brillants is Rodin’s tomb, surmounted by The Thinker.
The Musée Rodin in Meudon is at +/- half an hour from Paris by public transportation from Invalides.
The Musée Camille Claudel (Nogent-sur Seine)
The Musée Camille Claudel is in Nogent-sur-Marne a city at +/- 1 hour from Paris Gare de l’Est by train. Once there, add ten minutes on foot from the railway station to reach the museum.
The Rodin Sculptures in the Streets of Paris
The Facade of the former Théâtre des Gobelins (73 avenue des Gobelins, nowadays the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé) shows some of the first works of Rodin (1869) when he was working as an ornamentalist.
On the facade of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, the Jean Le Rond d’Alembert Statue is still very classical.
The Balzac can be seen at 136 Boulevard Raspail (Metro Vavin). In the Jardin des Tuileries are Eve and The Kiss. A bronze cast of Victor Hugo and the Muses is at the
The intersection of Avenues Victor-Hugo and Henry Martin (16th arr.).
Thinks to Know Before Booking
Close to the Rodin Museum entrance (exact place on the tour confirmation voucher), 77 rue de Varenne 75007 Paris.
Access: Bus: 69, 82, 87, 92. Métro Line 13 station Varenne or Invalides or Line 8 Invalides. RER C station Invalides.
Rodin Museum-Tour Attention Points
- Prices do not include food, drinks, or any other extra services.
- Tour duration and content are indicative. Visits may vary due to contingencies.
- A private tour means a tour for you & your party only, not that Rodin Museum is privatized.
- Skip-the-line ticket means a ticket bought online; nevertheless, you still have to stand in line with other Skip-the-line ticket bearers for security and sanitary controls.
- Refund: if we cannot do the tour for any reason, we refund the tour, but never your museum tickets.
Book Your Private Tour of Rodin Museum
Caution the Rodin Museum Tour is sold without Museum tickets – It is your responsibility to buy your Rodin Museum tickets – Buy your Skip-the-line one-line Museum tickets once you have your Broaden-Horizons tour confirmation. You must have your Skip-the-line one-line tickets on the day of the tour. If you don’t have them, we won’t be able to do the tour, and you won’t be refunded.
Rodin Museum Private Tour+/- 2-hours tour
For 1 to 2 people + 25 € for any extra person
A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours
Tickets not included