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2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Price & Hours

Free
Wed-Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

Museums, Free, Tours, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Home to one of the largest public collections of Rodin's work outside of Paris, the Rodin Museum, which opened in 1929, boasts almost 150 bronzes, marbles and plasters created by Auguste Rodin. The collection represents every phase of the illustrious artist's career. Highlights include The Kiss, Rodin's famous sculpture of two lovers.

The beaux-arts building itself is also a stunner, designed by French architect Paul Cret, while the formal French garden was designed by landscape designer Jacques Gréber. The lovely outdoor space features eight of Rodin's works, including The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. Recent visitors said the museum is beautiful inside and out and call the museum's collection excellent.

The museum sits within a 15-minute walk south of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, across the street from the Barnes Foundation. If you're arriving via public transportation, you can hop on the PHLASH bus and get off at stop No. 8. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested admission is $10 for adults and $7 for youths ages 13 through 18, though you can pay what you wish.

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Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.

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