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Paris’ Rodin museum reopens after three years

The bronze sculpture 'The Thinker' (Le Penseur) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917) in front of the Hotel Biron housing the Musee Rodin in Paris. AFP/Joel Saget

The Paris’ historic Rodin museum reopens its doors to the public next week after three years of renovation works and whopping 16 million euro budget.

It’s the first time the 18th century Hotel Biron has been fully revamped since French sculptor Auguste Rodin used the palatial building.

“We made two in one”, said Catherine Chevillot, the director of the museum.

“The building was aging. Floors, walls and ceilings were in a dire state of conservation”, she added.

After three years of renovation and 16 million euros spent (leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards) the palatial building has been returned to its former splendour.

“We have substituted modern bronzes by original plasters. More than 500 artworks and new sculptures have been installed”, said Chevillot.

“It’s not a revolution, it’s a renaissance of the Hotel Biron!” added Chevillot .

The museum will reopen its doors to the public on 12 November on Rodin’s 175th birthday.