One of Philly’s hottest outdoor beer gardens is back for the 2023 season. The Rodin Museum Garden Bar (2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.) announced its return with a few new menu items. The seasonal pop- up will serve beer, wine, craft cocktails and small plates in the scenic garden. Enjoy a proper aperitif, and then cool off inside with works of art by the master sculptor Auguste Rodin. From May 26th through August 25th, the Garden Bar will be open every Friday from 4–8:30 p.m. Admission to the Garden Bar is free; admission to Rodin Museum is Pay What You Wish. For those wondering, the garden bar is pet friendly as well.
Food menu items by Constellation Culinary Group include a Roasted Turkey Baguette, Whipped Ricotta, Tofu Bahn Mi, Chilled Citrus Marinated Shrimp, a Mezze Platter, Plantain Chips, Curry House Pickles, and more. Cocktails include a Paloma made with tequila, fever-tree grapefruit soda, and lime, and a Red Rosé cocktail made with gin, sorrel syrup, fever-tree elderflower tonic
The Rodin Museum, located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, contains one of the largest collections of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside of Paris. The garden outside the museum showcases eight major works, including “The Thinker” and “The Gates of Hell,”. Admission during these hours is also Pay What You Wish and The Rodin Garden Bar will be open weather permitting.
The garden outside the museum displays a total of eight works. While The Thinker and The Gates of Hell have stood in their same locations since the museum opened in 1929, recent advances in conservation undertaken by the Philadelphia Museum of Art have permitted the return of Adam and The Shade to their original places within the arches of the Meudon Gate for the first time since 1963. The Age of Bronze and Eve have also returned to the niches they once occupied on either side of the museum’s portico overlooking the reflecting pool. On the building’s west side, a space vacant for most of the last eighty years contains a version of the monumental The Three Shades, a generous loan from Iris Cantor.