This beautiful building is the “hotel Biron”, an hotel particulier built in 1727 where a lot of famous artistes lived like Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse or Auguste Rodin in 1908.
In 1911, the domain was purchased by the french government . In exchange for the totality of his collections Rodin convinced the Government to transform the hotel Biron into the Rodin museum.
Since this day, l’hôtel Biron houses the Rodin museum and is a classified as a historical monument. The museum is surrounded by a 3 hectare garden made of undergrowth, a pond, rose gardens and flowerbeds. You can stroll among the plants, flowers, and trees but also less common, among some of Rodin’s masterpieces like The Burghers of Calais, the Gates of Hell and the famous Thinker: a real open-air museum! For the anecdote, you can see this garden in the Woody Allen movie, Midnight in Paris. At the entrance of the garden you can admire behind a big bay of windows the marble gallery.The garden is split in 2 routes : Orpheus garden both green and stony where you can see “Orpheus imploring the gods” and “the steam garden” bordered by watering places.
I took these pictures at the end of September during Indian summer so most of the roses were already dead but if you go at the beginning of summer you will see how romantic it is and how pleasant it is to smell the rose sweet fragrance in the air. If you still have time, you can stroll in the Invalides park which is very close by (as you can see on the picture, you can easily see the Invalides from the Rodin garden) and finish by walking on the Alexandre III bridge.
Jardin du musée Rodin – 79 rue de Varenne 75007 PARIS
2€, for the garden; 6€ for the garden + the museum
Have a good weekend !