When in Paris, there’s a pretty standard “hit list” of museums that everyone goes to see…
The Louvre (celebrity pieces and lots of variety)
Musée d’Orsay (wonderful repurposed train station and great impressionist collection)
Centre Pompidou (views of the city and mind-bending modern art can’t be beat)
But after a few visits, they grow old. (I can’t believe I just said that…but it’s true) The Ville de Paris supports a variety of museums that are open to visitors free of charge – and are more than worth trekking a bit off the beaten path to visit.
One of my discovered gems is the Musée Bourdelle in the 15th arrondissement.
I first visited on a cool but sunny fall day, and loved the way Bourdelle’s sculptures were presented in both interior and exterior settings. That the museum was also Bourdelle’s studio during his years in Paris adds a certain air of excitement – knowing that you’re know viewing the work in the setting and light where it was conceived and created.
A particularly unique feature is the tactile room, where you can actually touch various bronzes and learn about the process of taking a sculpture from drawing, to clay, to wax – and eventually to the bronze forms. Even though touching the pieces in this room is encouraged, I always feel a bit like a little kid, looking over my shoulder to see if I’m going to get ‘caught’.
The next time you’re in Paris – I highly recommend spending an hour or two with Bourdelle’s sculptures.
18, rue Antoine Bourdelle
Métro : Montparnasse – Bienvenüe / Falguière
Bus : n°28, 48, 58, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96
Station vélib : 26, avenue du Maine, 138 rue du Cherche Midi
Autolib’ : 4 avenue du Maine, 16 rue de l’Arrivée, 20 boulevard de Vaugirard
Le musée est ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 10h à 18h.
Fermeture du musée les lundis et les jours fériés.