The Thinker Statue at The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia

Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor most famous for his iconic “The Thinker” statue. Today, you can find over 20 versions of “The Thinker” in museums world-wide, including The Musee in Paris, The National Gallery of Art in D.C., and Philly’s Rodin Museum. Rodin claims the title “Father of modern sculpture.” During the 19th and 20th centuries, Rodin created thousands of magnificent sculptural pieces. The Musee in Paris houses the largest collection of Rodin’s works, with more than 6000 sculptures and 7000 drawings on-site.

Rodin Museum in Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, you will find the only museum dedicated to Rodin outside of France. Philly was also the first American museum to exhibit his works. The beautiful Beaux-Arts style building from 1929 houses one of the world’s most impressive Rodin collections. Today, the collection includes over 100 bronze and marble sculptures.

Beautiful architecture of The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia

A few highlights from the Collection

The Thinker, 1880-1881

The Secret, 1910

The Clenched Hand, 1885

Minerva, 1898

The Martyr, 1885

Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose, 1863-1864

Danaid (The Source), 1885

Bust of John the Baptist, 1886

Head of Sorrow (Joan of Arc), 1882

Copy of “The Kiss,” 1929

Young Mother in the Grotto, 1885

Bas-relief for “The Gates of Hell”, 1882-1885

Location & Pricing

The Rodin is located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway within walking distance of Philadelphia’s renowned Museum of Art, another must-see for any art lovers. Entrance to the Rodin Museum is pay-as-you-wish, however, you will receive free admission with your Museum of Art Ticket. The outdoor sculpture garden is free all year round.

Sculpture at The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia