Musée Rodin#14 in Best Things To Do in Paris
A hidden jewel in the city, the Musée Rodin is actually the former residence of famed 19th-century sculptor Auguste Rodin. But in the place of furniture and kitschy lawn ornaments are Rodin's emotive sculptures, including The Hand of God, The Kiss and The Thinker, among many more. In addition to the sculptures, there are 7,000 of the artist's drawings on display as well as an area dedicated to the work of his muse and mistress, artist Camile Claudel. Visitors will also get to view pieces from the Rodin's personal art collection, including paintings by Van Gogh.
Recent travelers found Rodin's sculptures to be nothing short of stunning, and highly recommend a visit even if you don't consider yourself an art buff. Another big favorite, and for some visitors as much of a highlight as the art, were the beautiful on-site gardens. To travelers, the gardens, in combination with the museum's manageable size, created a serene and peaceful atmosphere not easily found at other top Parisian museums.
The Musée Rodin is just a short walk from the Varenne stop and Saint-Francois-Xavier stop, both of which lie on metro line 13. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Admission to the museum (including the garden and permanent and temporary exhibits) costs 10 euros (around $11) and is free for kids 17 and younger. Visit the museum's website for more information.
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#1 Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)
Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.
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