Rodin Museum in Paris reopens after 3-year facelift

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American philanthropist Iris Cantor, right, and the director of the Musee Rodin, Catherine Chevillot, pose in the Rodin museum in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The sculpture "La tete d'Eustache de Saint Pierre" (Head of Eustache de Saint Pierre, 1885), right, by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is reflected in its own glass case at the Rodin museum in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The sculpture "L'Homme qui marche" (The Walking Man) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is displayed in the Rodin museum in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The sculpture "Le Penseur" (The Thinker, 1903) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is pictured in the garden of the Musee Rodin in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The sculpture "L'age d'airain" (The Age of Bronze, 1877) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is pictured at the Rodin museum in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
the director of the Musee Rodin, Catherine Chevillot poses in the Rodin in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The sculpture "Le Baiser" (The Kiss) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is displayed at the Rodin museum in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A worker cleans windows of the renovated Musee Rodin in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
The sculpture "La tete d'Eustache de Saint Pierre" (Head of Eustache de Saint Pierre, 1885) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is pictured at the Rodin museum in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration. The museum reopens to the public Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05: Sculptures entitled 'Le Baiser' ( The Kiss, 1888-1898) and 'Le Penseur' (The Thinker, 1881-1882) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) are displayed at the Musee Rodin on November 5, 2015 in Paris, France. After a complete restoration over the past three years, the Hotel Biron, home of the Rodin museum since 1919, will reopen its doors to the public on November 12, 2015, the 175th birthday of the French sculptor. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05: Catherine Chevillot, Director of the Musee Rodin (L) and US philanthropist Iris Cantor look at the sculpture 'La Main de Dieu' (Hand of God, 1916-1918) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in the hall Iris and B.Gerald Cantor at the Musee Rodin on November 5, 2015, in Paris, France. After a complete restoration over the past three years, the Hotel Biron, home of the Rodin museum since 1919, will reopen its doors to the public on November 12, 2015, the 175th birthday of the French sculptor. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05: A visitor takes a picture of the sculpture entitled 'Jean De Fiennes, Nu Monumental' ( Jean De Fiennes, Monumental Nude, 1885-1886) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) at the Musee Rodin on November 5, 2015 in Paris, France. After a complete restoration over the past three years, the Hotel Biron, home of the Rodin museum since 1919, will reopen its doors to the public on November 12, 2015, the 175th birthday of the French sculptor. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05: A visitor looks at a sculpture entitled 'L'Homme Qui Marche' (The Walking Man, before 1900) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) at the Musee Rodin on November 5, 2015 in Paris, France. After a complete restoration over the past three years, the Hotel Biron, home of the Rodin museum since 1919, will reopen its doors to the public on November 12, 2015, the 175th birthday of the French sculptor. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05: A sculpture entitled 'Saint Jean Baptiste' (Saint John The Baptist, 1880) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is displayed at the Musee Rodin on November 5, 2015 in Paris, France. After a complete restoration over the past three years, the Hotel Biron, home of the Rodin museum since 1919, will reopen its doors to the public on November 12, 2015, the 175th birthday of the French sculptor. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 05: A employee cleans windows at the Musee Rodin on November 5, 2015 in Paris, France. After a complete restoration over the past three years, the Hotel Biron, home of the Rodin museum since 1919, will reopen its doors to the public on November 12, 2015, the 175th birthday of the French sculptor. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
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PARIS (AP) -- Paris' historic Rodin Museum, until recently plagued by a leaking roof, peeling gold leaf and creaky floorboards, has been returned to its former splendor following a 16 million euro ($17.4 million) three-year restoration.

The works mark the first time the 18th-century Hotel Biron has been fully revamped since influential French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who died in 1917, used the palatial building as his studio.

The museum reopens its gilded doors to the public Nov. 12, on Rodin's 175th birthday. It boasts new rooms, over 200 new sculptures, state-of-the-art pedestals and -- for the first time -- toilets and wheelchair access.

Paris' Rodin Museum Gets Updated Into a True Work of Art

It followed pressure to bring the impressive but aging townhouse up to modern requirements.

France's Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin called the museum restoration a "moral duty."

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