Cour intérieure avec sculptures du musée Bourdelle, Paris, 2015

Musée Bourdelle

A short walk from the Montparnasse Tower, the charming Bourdelle Museum immerses visitors in the life and work of one of the great French sculptors of the 20th century.

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Description

The museum recounts the life of Antoine Bourdelle. A student of Rodin, then teacher to Giacometti, Germaine Richier and Vieira da Silva, he was one of the great French sculptors of the last century. His former house and workshop oozes authenticity. It is, along with the Musée Zadkine, among one of the few artist studios still preserved in Paris; access to the permanent collection is free.

The entrance hall sets the tone: under red-brick arches, bronzes immerse you in an atmosphere of antiquity. In the great hall, plaster sculptures imbue a majestic air. To admire the bronzes, take a stroll through the two courtyard gardens. There, among the luxuriant vegetation, you can contemplate works inlcuding the “Centaure mourant” (Dying Centaur) and “La France”. A third courtyard hosts sculptures of varying sizes, including the impressive “Héraklès archer” (Hercules the Archer).

Intimate tour

Visits to the artist’s private apartment and his original studio have been conceived as an intimate journey into his life. Alongside period furniture, including his divan, and sketches, visitors discover a whole collection of objects dear to the artist. The historical rooms trace Bourdelle’s oeuvre chronologically, through archival documents and photographs.

In the new wing, designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in 1992, you will find sculpture rooms and a temporary exhibition space. Upstairs, take advantage of the view of the gardens from the museum terrace.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

18, rue Antoine Bourdelle
75015 Paris 15ème

Bus : 28, 48, 58, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96 Métro : Line 4 - Montparnasse - Bienvenüe Line 6 - Montparnasse - Bienvenüe Line 12 - Montparnasse - Bienvenüe Line 12 - Falguière Line 13 - Montparnasse - Bienvenüe

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 8th and December 25th.

Prices

  • Free

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Bulletin board languages

  • French

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Parking
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • automatic entrance door
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
Accueil
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
  • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled visioguide
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
Équipements
  • audioguide with description elements
  • audioguide with guidance elements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Ascenseur
  • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
  • elevator with identifiable call buttons
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
Sanitaires
  • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
  • changing table
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)