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Rodin Museum
Private Tour

Musée Rodin private guided tour

The Age of Bronze, Auguste Rodin. Photo © Art Journey Paris.

Think life was hard for the Impressionists at the start of their career ? Rodin had been refused entry to the Arts School three times ! Meet a genius sculptor with a Musée Rodin private tour.

Rejected three times by the Beaux Arts School, Rodin had to leave Paris and make a living carving doorways, like a mere craftsman. At nearly 40 years of age, he finally received an official commission, the recognition needed to be seen, at last, as an artist….

A journey from rejection to consecration

We'll discover how a man at first repudiated could transform sculpture on his own, as much as the Impressionists together changed painting. Being repeatedly dissuaded from studying fine art turned out to be a blessing in disguise, Rodin himself having said “where did I learn to understand sculpture? In the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds, in the studio by studying the model, everywhere except in the schools”.

We will be in awe at a man's perseverance and creativity and wonder why he was overlooked.

The Gates of Hell & the Thinker

“What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes.” - Rodin, describing the Thinker. The Gates of Hell was Rodin's 'Noah's Ark' of figures, on which he worked for 37 years, out of which came the majority of his masterpieces, including the Kiss. But the nude figure of Dante at the top, also known as the Thinker, is one of the most important statues ever created, we will discuss why.

We will also discover the great work and tragic life of Camille Claudel, Rodin's assistant and lover. He said of her “I told her where she could find gold, but the gold she found was her own”.

Rodin Museum Paris gardens

Musée Rodin gardens. Photo © Art Journey Paris.

Art Journey Musée Rodin private tour

A private guided tour of the Musée Rodin, led by an officially licensed art historian guide.

1 to 2 people - 380 €

3 people - 450 €

4 people - 600 €

5 people - 650 €

Family (two adults, up to 3 children) - 380 €

The fee includes entrance tickets with time slot reservation.

To discover the Musée Rodin with an officially certified guide, do not hesitate to contact us for availability. And do not hesitate to inquire about a combined visit of the Musée Rodin and the Musée d'Orsay

Auguste Rodin and the Thinker

Two monuments facing each other, Auguste Rodin and the Thinker. Behind them, Victor Hugo's statue.

More Information About A Musée Rodin private visit

The Musée Rodin opens every day except Mondays, from 10 am to 6.30 pm.

A visit of the Rodin museum can be complemented by a visit of the nearby Musée d'Orsay. Entrance tickets are extra. To get online tickets for the Musée Rodin
Other museums also open in the evening, like the Louvre, so with an Art Journey Private evening tour of the Louvre, we can travel from Antiquity until the 19th century.
- Photo tours of Paris gardens and statues - We can also combine a photographic tour of the Musée Rodin with a photographic tour. To give you an idea of the sites and photos that can be taken, please visit either our Art Journey Flickr, or our Instagram.

Photo tours are open to beginners as well as advanced photographers, from a crash course into the basics of photography technique to composition, that is working on the art of seeing. Please ask in advance about taking photos of Paris, its gardens, statues and monuments.

More widsom from Auguste Rodin :

- About 'the Thinker' : “Thin and ascetic in his straight robe and isolated from the whole, my Dante would have no meaning. Following my original inspiration, I executed another 'Thinker', a male nude sitting on a rock, toes clutching the edge. His head is on his fist, he wonders. Fertile thoughts slowly rise in his mind. He is not a dreamer. He is a creator”.

- About movement in sculpture : “He stands still; but he is about to walk... This is something I gave a good deal of thought to... Movement, I long thought it was everything, that it was the greatest of means. But statues do not move. One must feel that they can move”.

“The form and the attitude of a human being reveal the emotions of its soul. The body always expresses the spirit whose envelope it is”.

“Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind probing nature and divines the spirit animating nature herself. It is the joy of intellect clearly seeing the universe, recreating it while illuminating it with consciousness. Art is the most sublime mission of man, for being the expression of thought seeking to understand the world and make it understandable.”.


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