Musee Rodin Paris

Visit of the Musée Rodin in Paris

See Rodin’s sculptures in the beautiful house and gardens where he lived.

This elegant district is full of fine 18th-century houses, and one of the grandest contains the Musée Rodin (1, 77 rue de Varenne). It was built for a rich wigmaker but had become an assortment of artists’ studios by the time sculptor Auguste Rodin lived here from 1908 to 1917. Just inside the gates, you’ll see Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais and The Thinker. In the house, you’ll find smaller sculptures, portraits, and studies by the artists, and his famous The Kiss.

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Musee Orsay Paris

Visit the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

The Impressionist paintings here are a great way to introduce kids to art. The Musée d’Orsay, one of Paris’s most popular museums, is housed in a brilliantly converted 1900 train station.

When you enter Musée d’Orsay (1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur), it’s easy to spot traces of its station past – the town names along the façade, giant clocks, the glass canopy over the entrance – and to imagine steam trains chugging up the central sculpture aisle. First find Daumier’s painted clay heads, which caricature politicians in different moods, in one of the first rooms on the left. Farther along is Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, which shocked Parisians when it was first exhibited, as it showed a nude woman accompanied by two clothed men.

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