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Musée Rodin: Pro tips?

Hello all,

We’re venturing out to the Rodin tomorrow. Wondering if anyone has tried and true tips they’d be willing to pass along to a newbie traveler, like me?

Thanks,

WL

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This is a small museum and a beautiful garden with Rodin's sculptures set about. IF the weather is pretty when you get there but expected to "turn", I'd do the garden first. I far prefer it to the house exhibits. IF it is going to be warm before you are finished here, do the house part first as it always feels hot in there to me.

The little cafe is so cute out in the garden! Yes, go for ice cream there for a sit down break!

Are you old enough to remember the Dobie Gillis TV show? That is what I always think of when I come thru the shrubbery to Le Penseur/The Thinker!

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Weather should be good - and hot! - tomorrow, so take your time exploring the gardens! The gardens are so good that they had to stop selling the cheap "garden-only" tickets that they used to sell until a few years ago. I used to work nearby and made good use of those 2€ tickets...
There is a café in the gardens, no idea about quality of the food there.

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Get the audioguide. It was too long for me so I skipped parts but it made the experience more meaningful, positive and memorable.

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Hope they haven’t leased the gardens out for something like a fashion show or something. The last time I was there, you could see basically the front part of the garden and everything else was under construction for some kind of big event. Maybe you should ask before you buy your ticket.

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Excellent idea to start in the garden. That’s the area my hubs and I are most looking forward to visiting. Today was in the upper 70’s and felt somewhat warmer than that. So that’s even greater reason to start bright and early in the garden. I’ve purchased a couple of “good-for-a-single-visit-within-365-days” tickets.

Our plan is to arrive some time prior to open. Perhaps we’ll lunch In the garden and head to Montmartre where we’ll spend the rest of the day/early evening.

Thanks, y’all!

WL

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Re: Audioguide… Great reminder, pj! My husband had mentioned that before he went to sleep, and I’d already forgotten about it. Chalk it up to overstimulated / wired and tired traveler’s brain. Ha!

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Carol-

Shucks! Hadn’t considered that possibility. Here’s hoping the gardens will be available to us regular folk. ;-)

For what it’s worth… the Place de la Concorde was off limits due to the upcoming Rugby tournament ( or some such). So it stands to reason that Paris Chamber of Commerce didn’t bother to check my travel schedule before scheduling such interruptions to sight seeing. Ha!

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We visit every time we go to Paris but only visit the gardens. We love this outdoor museum! We went inside the first visit years ago.
The Cafe is nice too.

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wanderlust
Rodin!.... One of my favorite museums and one I visit every time I am in Paris. I contemplate "The Burghers of Calais" each time and appreciate the feeling Rodin put into telling their story. My second favorite is the Gates of Hell. You can study them for an hour.
The gardens aren't so big that we "knee-impaired" visitors can't see the whole thing. Have a wonderful time there!

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Hey y'all,

We returned home late Wednesday evening and are presently working on getting back into the groove of things here in Texas.

The Rodin sculptures and it's luscious gardens were a delight. I can see why many folks pay this museum a visit every time they go to Paris.

Thanks for your helpful tips! Much appreciated.

WL

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Don't forget to look for Camille Claudel's work in the museum. It's the largest collection of her work in existence as very little survived.