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Rodin Museum closing time?

We will be visiting the Rodin Museum in Paris on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

RS book says it closes at a 5:45 p.m., and that the gardens Oct. thru March close at 5:00. The Rodin Museum website says the gardens and museum are open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 daily, except Monday. They say nothing about differentiated open/close times for different times of the year.

We were hoping to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and view the museum and gardens until 6:30. I'd rather have a full two hours than 1 hour and 15 minutes, which would be the case if the RS time frame is correct. I assume the Rodin website is the information to trust, but you never know, and I really want to have enough time there.

We can adjust (we're coming from the Picasso museum, and have a Paris Walks tour that morning, so the day is pretty full with lunch), but I am just wondering if anyone has been there very recently and can attest to the actual closing time.....thank you!

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I have seen museum websites that give only the operating hours for the current time period, with no heads-up that it can be different at other times of the year. It's also common for European museums to start pushing people out (or into the shop) well before the official closing time. The amount of time you lose due to that practice tends to be greater in larger museums. And last-entry can be 30 minutes or so before that usually-unpublicized round-'em-up time.

I'm not saying any of the above practices are at work here, but they might be.

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When was the book printed? I would conclude that the official website's hours are correct because you can buy tickets online.
And having worked at the Art Institute of Chicago we stopped selling tickets at a certain time and started kicking people out 10 minutes before closing

Posted by
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The French language version of the Rodin Museum website offers more details than the English version of the website. Here is the English translation of the French information:

“The Rodin museum is open every day except Mondays. The museum, the garden, the shop and the café are open from 10am to 6:30 pm (closing of the box office at 5:30 pm, closing of the rooms at 6:15 pm)”

As mentioned above, the ushers will begin clearing the rooms early. When I was there they started clearing the gardens first.

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The official closing and when they roll up the museum are different. Always assume you lose the last half hour at the Louvre -- they are ruthless and it is actually sort of fun to watch. Everyone is on the street by closing time. Apparently at the tiny Rodin, they only throw you out 15 minutes early -- but it does need to be factored in.

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Thank you all, this is very useful info. Barbara, I appreciate the translation from the French website. I think I'll factor in 30 minute "clearing room" times prior to closing for most museums, then, with the exception of the Rodin @ 15 min. I does help to know as we will now arrive a bit earlier to ensure 2 full hours there--and be sure to get our garden time in!