Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. at jct. 22nd St. in Fairmount Park, is a Beaux Arts-style building displaying a priceless collection of Auguste Rodin originals and casts, one of the largest collections outside Paris. Many sculptures are housed in the garden, including casts of “The Burghers of Calais” and “The Thinker.”
Rodin worked on “The Gates of Hell,” a pair of doors intended for a Paris museum, for 37 years, but it was only cast in bronze after his death. The piece measures nearly 21 feet tall and 13 feet wide and contains more than 200 sculptures of human figures. A tour introduces visitors to the history of the work that consumed so much of Rodin's career.
An audio tour by cellphone is available. Photography is permitted.
Guided tours are available.
Museum and Gardens, donations. Combination ticket with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove historic houses, valid for 2 consecutive days, $20; $18 (ages 65+); $14 (ages 13-18 and students with ID); visitors pay what they wish (first Sun. of the month).
$12 for up to 4 hours.
Hours: Wed.-Mon. 10-5. The Rodin, the Sculptor and His Models tour departs at noon. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 30 minutes minimum.