Overview of the Museum:
Victor Hugo, acclaimed French author of classics such as The Hunchbank of Notre-Dame and Les Miserables and impassioned humanist who spent his life pleading for the cause of the poor and oppressed, lived in the Hôtel de Rohan Guéménée at 6, Place des Vosges (then Place Royale) between 1832 and 1848 with his family. He wrote several major works there, including Les Misérables, and welcomed literary contemporaries such as poet Alfred de Vigny and Alexandre Dumas.
A museum opened on the site in 1903 and pays tribute to the writer's life and works through personal artifacts, furniture, manuscripts and photos. The permanent exhibit is free.
Location and Contact Information:
Address and Getting There:
Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée - 6, place des Vosges
Metro: St-Paul, Bastille or Chemin Vert
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 72 10 16
Opening Hours and Tickets:
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Closed Mondays and French bank holidays.
Tickets: Admission to the permanent collections and displays is free of charge for all visitors. Entry prices vary for temporary exhibits: call ahead.
Sights and Attractions Nearby the Museum:
- Marais Neighborhood (See Paris' Medieval Foundations)
- Musee Carnavalet- Free Museum of Paris History
- Centre Georges Pompidou and the National Museum of Modern Art
- Marvelously Modern Paris: Exploring Les Halles and Beaubourg
- Rue Montorgueil: A Charming Village in the Parisian City Center
More Details on the Museum:
The exhibit at the Maiso Victor Hugo is intended to give visitors a sense of what the acclaimed author's daily existence might have looked like. Thematic rooms are arranged with furniture, works of art that once belonged to the writer or that he himself created, and other precious objects from Hugo's personal collection.
According to the museum's website, the curators imagined the exhibit as a chronological journey across Hugo's tumultuous life, and organized into three main periods: "before exile", "exile", and "after exile". The author had exiled himself to Brussels, and later to the Isle of Guernsey, after a violent coup d'etat in France in 1851 overthrew the Revolutionary order and ushered in the Second Empire under Napoleon III.
Main rooms at the museum include the Antechamber, featuring Hugo family portraits and meant to evoke the childhood years of the author. The Red Lounge, meanwhile, decorated in red damask, is designed to evoke the Romantic period and the authors, artists, and literary movements Hugo associated himself with, from Lamartine to to Mérimée and Dumas. Visitors will get an immediate impression of daily life in the apartments when visiting the Dining Room, with its lavish chandeliers and sumptuous period furniture, the Small Study, which is now devoted to smaller temporary exhibitions, the "Return from Exile Room", which highlights works of art devoted to Hugo after his exile, including the famed portrait by Léon Bonnat and an even more celebrated bust by sculptor Auguste Rodin, and, finally, the Bedroom.