Spend the weekend living like the Parisians do – without ever leaving Philadelphia! Found along the Ben Franklin Parkway between the famous Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the intimate Rodin Museum. This small but breathtaking building can be compared only to original Musée Rodin in Paris. The Museum Rodin has the largest and most comprehensive collection of the works of the acclaimed sculptor Auguste Rodin outside of France. With over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters, you can lose yourself for hours wandering through Rodin’s infamous works, such as The Thinker. The center point of the museum however, is The Gates of Hell. These impressive bronze doors, which Rodin worked on for over four decades and inspired most of his other famous works, draw the central focus of the museum. You could spend hours in front of these incredible works of art and still fail to take in all of their details. Outside of the main building there are expansive French gardens scattered throughout with many of Rodin’s greatest works. The Rodin Museum truly brings Paris to Philadelphia. This incredible institution can be reached by taking the Dockside Shuttle to the Market and 17th Streets stop and then walking about 15 minutes down the beautiful Ben Franklin Parkway. Along the parkway you can also enjoy expansive fields, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the new “oval,” a new park created featuring outdoor games for kids. Enjoy Philadelphia – and the best of Paris!
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