July 13, 2012
Today is a momentous day for the Philadelphia art scene: it’s the grand re-opening of the Rodin Museum, one of the most distinctive cultural gems along the richly outfitted Benjamin Franklin Parkway and home to the largest public collection of works outside of Paris by the 19th century French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
For the last three years, the Rodin Museum has undergone a near-complete overhaul that is at last complete today. Check out our previous coverage to read a run-down of all the renovations.
The Rodin Museum gorgeous gardens are a great place to enjoy a summer picnic, and the sculpture galleries inside the museum are the perfect place to cool down on a hot day.
And don’t forget that the Rodin will premiere a brand new concert series in conjunction with its opening:
• July 22: Spectral Impressions: Music of computer music pioneer Tristan Murail
• July 28: Spectral Impressions: Music of Philippe Hurel by the Argento Chamber Ensemble
Both concerts are 5:30-8 p.m. and offer drinks and light snacks for purchase. Tickets are $25; call (215) 235-7469. You can also get two concert packages: the Thinker Package includes a VIP tour with Rodin Associate Curator Jennifer Thompson and a meet and greet with Murail for $75; the Crescendo Package includes just the latter for $50.
The Rodin Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 22nd Street