Housing the largest collection of works by sculptor Auguste Rodin outside of Paris, this elegant museum was founded by art collector Jules Mastbaum, who died before it opened its doors in 1929. Full of marble inlays and tall windows, this Beaux Arts building by French architect Jules Pret looks out over a formal French garden laid out by French landscape designer Jacques Greber.
An extension of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum displays over 140 of the French sculptor’s bronzes, marbles and more; eight of these, including The Thinker, are displayed out in the garden. Over 30 of the pieces in the museum’s collection focus on studies of The Gates of Hell, including first bronze cast ever made of this monumental pair of doors originally designed for a museum in Paris.
Admission to the museum includes a self-guided audio tour ($8), but guided tours can be arranged in advance at (215) 684-7863. It’s closed Tuesdays but open Wednesday-Monday, 10am.-5pm.