The Musée Rodin museum in Paris was opened in 1919 to most notably expose the works of Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor. Situated in central Paris, the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds forms one of two buildings the exposition is divided over. Rodin's old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine is the 2nd. The collection holds a whopping 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs and 7,000 art objects.
Rodin was not just a sculptor but also a collector and he possessed works from Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He donated all these works to the French State if, and only if they would convert the buildings into a museum dedicated to his works.
Similar post-mortem generosity was displayed by another affluent Parisian named André Jacquemart. After he and his wife had passed away, the entire art collection was donated to the Institut de France which turned it into a museum that has been open for the public since 1913