We visit Victor Hugo’s house on Place des Vosges

It’s a surprising place on one of Paris’ most prestigious squares. Why is it surprising? Because the interior is mostly made up of rooms that were dismantled from some of Victor Hugo’s other houses and rebuilt here. Plus, Hugo himself did the interior design! Come take a look!

photos : JasonW

In a corner of place des Vosges you’ll find what is known as the  Hôtel de Rohan Guéménée, the apartment where Victor Hugo lived from 1832 – 1848, transformed into a museum in 1903, 101 years after his birth.
The first floor (one floor up) houses temporary exhibitions, and the visit of the apartments themselves starts on the 2nd floor. The staircase leading up to them is quite impressive, with stained glass windows, lots of wood and portraits of the man himself, best known perhaps for writing Les Misérables
The first room isn’t very big or very impressive, but you can see the splendour waiting for you not far off.
What surprises the most is that these rooms were originally in Hugo’s houses elsewhere in Paris or even further afield (such as Guernesey). The chinese room is pretty impressive.
Hugo designed each room himself, including the furniture. A multi-talented genius… 🙂
The display case in this room is filled with objects inspired by the man himself. Victor Hugo was a real start of his age, and there were figurines, Victor Hugo inks and even calendars! Very surprising…
In his bedroom, red velours is everywhere. Very refined…
We recommend that you take the audioguide available at the entrance, as you’ll learn a lot more about the man and his home. The visit doesn’t take very long, but it’s a well preserved piece of Parisian history that’s well worth seeing.
And of course, Victor Hugo’s remains are now at the Panthéon, just opposite the Hôtel du Panthéon and Hôtel des Grands Hommes.

La Maison de Victor Hugo (here) is open from 10am – 6pm, Tuesdays – Saunday. Closed Mondays and public holidays. Admission is free (except for the temporary exhibition).

More information (in French) here: www.paris.fr

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