Victor Hug's House

Victor Hug's House (58)

At number 6, Place des Vosges, you will find the mansion where the French poet, playwright and novelist Victor Hugo lived.

This mansion, one of the most beautiful in the square, is called Hôtel Rohan-Guéménée and Victor Hugo lived on the third floor from 1832 until 1848. 

It was his home before leaving in exile and was where he wrote ”Ruy Blas”.

The mansion is currently open to the public as a museum dedicated to the author, and was opened in 1902, coinciding with the centenary of his birth. It was promoted by Paul Merice, a friend of the author and defender of his literary work.

On exhibit are articles from the most important periods of his life, from his childhood to exile, and includes drawings, manuscripts, first editions of his works or caricatures.

The apartment in which Victor Hugo lived measures some 280 square metres. They have tried to recreate the atmosphere that filled this home in the times when the author lived here as much as possible. When he left in exile his furniture was auctioned off and dispersed. You can currently see some items that Victor Hugo took with him in exile and others that his friends were able to were rescue from the auction.

The apartment is made up of an anteroom, a dining room of medieval inspiration, Victor Hugo’s bedroom and the rooms called the Red room and the Chinese Room. 

Among the works of art that can be appreciated today there is a marble bust of the author made by Rodin.

Special mention should be given to the mansion’s library, which houses more than 11,000 works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The museum also puts on temporary exhibitions about Victor Hugo.

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