The Rodin Museum

Free WiFi With A View In Philadelphia, Pa

Enter the gates of hell (at least figuratively) at this innovative, internet friendly museum that features… 

Free WiFi With A View In Philadelphia, Pa

A subset of the more commonly known Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rodin Museum is home to a massive public collection of renowned sculptures and most notably showcases the works of Auguste Rodin, the man who created the notorious “gates of hell” and other world famous exhibits.

Why We Love It

This museum is 19th century France situated in 21st century America. Need we say more? Constructed by a famous French architect and nestled atop the landscaping of a famous French horticulturalist set the creative works of a famous French sculptor. Also, “The Thinker” statue is here in case you were wondering.

What’s The Atmosphere?

IIn a nutshell, artistic, formal and frightening, the perfect setting for drafting up sonnets or a novel in the vein of the Da Vinci Code. While the exterior is bright and colorful there’s an element of horror subtly installed amidst the grounds. It may be rooted in the sheer antiquity of some of the exhibitions, but our guess is that it’s likely related to Rodin’s life work, a sculpture he entitled “The Gates of Hell”, not to mention the recent renovations that were made due to overgrown plant life and garden sculptures collecting rust. This idiosyncratic museum straddles the fine lines between artistic, sophisticated and sadistic. As writers, we wouldn’t want it any other way.

What’s The View?

Outside lie a meticulously landscaped courtyard with a glimmering pond and fountain which opens up to the view of sculptures settled upon intricately carved shelves. Beyond the iron gate and past the entryway, you’ll uncover a wide assortment of sculptures many of which could be deemed religious (i.e. the hand of the devil /the hand of God /the Cathedral). At night, the museum’s captivating exterior sits aglow as the centerpiece to a striking city scene.

Where To Cop A Thinking Spot

If you have the stamina for crouching you’ll definitely want to take the escalator to the second floor and climb inside one of the floor to ceiling windows situated against the far back wall.  

About The Poem At The Top Of This Page

Sabrina Orah Mark’s bone chilling portrayal of the influence (and hold?) social media has on our livelihoods brings forth a myriad of profound questions like who is God? Why aren’t we all beautiful? And should I follow the rabbi? Likewise, Rodin’s obsession with the afterlife is evident in many of his popular sculptures so we simply connected the lines. If you like “Tweet” be sure to sample Ms. Mark’s Saturnalia winning book of poems entitled ” The Babies “.



The Details

Your Creative Journey Starts Here

The recently renovated Rodin Museum still inhabits the 2100 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Its centralized location makes it an easy stop in between museums or a fun trip on its own. Adults can enjoy $10 admission and children 12 and under are welcomed in for free. Students and seniors are urged to inquire within about discounted entry fees. Bonus Tip—Enjoy the many wonders of The Philadelphia Art Museum, the Pearlman Building and The Rodin Museum for the bargain price of just $20. Passes are good for two consecutive days and include general admission into the historic houses of Mt. Pleasant and Cedar Grove. Should you settle upon this option, please note that while The Rodin Museum is linked to the Art Museum, they don’t share the same hours. The Rodin Museum is open Wed through Mon and closed every Tuesday along with select calendar holidays. Some of the onsite features we’re excited about include but are not limited to:

  • Assisted Listening Devices for Guided Tours
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Fountains
  • Art & More

Insider Tip— Rittenhouse is a thriving section of the city where parking can be incredibly sparse and also pretty costly. We suggest you try bargain parking before you arrive.

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This webpage contains an altered version of Wikimedia’s “Rodin Museum” photo which was available for use under a CC LICENSE as well as Wikimedia’s “The Thinker Statue” which was available under the same license.

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