A small container is hidden near the Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The cache is not hidden on museum property. It is on public parkland near the museum. You will need to bring your own pen to sign the log. Please make sure the cache is well hidden when you return it to its hiding place.
This cache can only be found Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm. You cannot look for this cache on a Monday or holiday. You do not need to enter the museum building to find the cache. You do, however, need to enter the garden area in front of the museum in order to calculate the coordinates for the cache container. Once again, all of the information needed to calculate the coordinates will be found within the fenced-in garden area, not inside the museum. A $3 donation is suggested if you decide to tour the museum.
To calculate the latitude for the cache, find Rodin’s Gates of Hell. Look at the informational plaque to the left of the Gates. There is a number that follows an “F” on the very bottom of the plaque. Add the first three digits of that number to: 39 57.500.
The longitude for the cache is: 075 10.ABC. To learn the unknown numbers, find the memorial to Constance M. Boylan in the garden area. The memorial has 8 digits listed on it. From left to right... A = the last digit, B = the sum of the 1st, 3rd, & 5th digits, C = sum of the 1st, 3rd, and 8th digits
From the Rodin Museum website:
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) brought monumental public sculpture into the modern era. Though he was well acquainted with the academic traditions and idealized subjects of classical and Renaissance sculpture, Rodin’s aim in his work was to be absolutely faithful to nature. His uncanny ability to convey movement and to show the inner feelings of the men and women he portrayed, the bravura of his light-catching modeling, and his extraordinary use of similar figures in different mediums, have established him as one of the greatest sculptors of all time.
The Rodin Museum was the gift of movie theater magnate Jules Mastbaum (American, 1872–1926) to the city of Philadelphia. Mastbaum began collecting works by Rodin in 1923 with the intent of founding a museum to enrich the lives of his fellow citizens. Just three years later, he had assembled the largest collection of Rodin’s works outside Paris, including bronze castings, plaster studies, drawings, prints, letters, and books. In 1926, Mastbaum commissioned French architects Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber to design the Museum building and gardens. Unfortunately, the collector did not live to see his dream realized, but his widow honored his commitment to the city, and the Museum was inaugurated on November 29, 1929.