Rodin Museum, jct. Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. and 22nd St. in Fairmount Park, is a Beaux Arts-style building displaying a priceless collection of Auguste Rodin originals and casts, the largest collection 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.
Photography is permitted. A free shuttle departs the Philadelphia Museum of Art's west entrance Wed.-Sun. 10-5 every 45 minutes after the hour and the Rodin Museum 50 minutes after the hour.
Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.
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. Parking: $12 for up to 4 hours.
Hours: Wed.-Mon. 10-5. The Rediscovering Rodin tour departs at 1:30. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.