Philadelphia is a town of many, many museums. You could literally visit a different museum every day for three months before you ran out. We’ve got artsy museums, history museums, medical museums, archaeology museums, museums for children; the listjust goes on and on.
I’m proud to live in a city with such great museum culture, and I’ve been lucky enough to visit quite a few over the years. One that continues to be a favorite is the Rodin Museum. I think it’s Philly’s most overlooked art museum. It’s nestled just between the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps (where Rocky got his morning burn on), and the modern feat of architecture that houses The Barnes Foundation’s impressive collection.
The Rodin Museum opened in 1929 as part of an effort to make The Benjamin Franklin parkway a great civic space. It recently underwent a three year renovation to restore the museum to it’s original glory. The Gates of Hell, one of Rodin’s most influential pieces, has occupied the building’s portico since it’s opening. It wasn’t until after Rodin’s death that the original plaster sculpture was cast in bronze for Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum.
I love the Rodin for it’s very manageable size. You can comfortable see all of the work in an hour or so. I always leave feeling like I got just the right dose of art appreciation for the day. This time of year, the grounds are spectacular. Be sure to plan enough time to explore the outdoor sculptures and bask on the lush green lawn. Another added bonus is the Rodin Museum is donation only. The suggested donation for adults is $8.00, and children under 12 are always free. Chose any day except Tuesday to visit, and hurry before the long lines of summer tourism kick in!