The Rodin Museum is an art museum located in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia that contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside Paris. It is managed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Museum was the gift of movie-theater magnate Jules Mastbaum (1872–1926) to the city of Philadelphia. Mastbaum began collecting works by Rodin in 1923 with the intent of founding a museum to enrich the lives of his fellow citizens. Within just three years, his impressive collection of Rodin’s works included bronze castings, plaster studies, drawings, prints, letters, and books.
In 1926, Mastbaum commissioned French architects Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber to design the museum building and gardens. Mastbaum died before realizing his dream, but his widow honored his commitment to the city, and the Museum was inaugurated on November 29, 1929.
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