"La Maison de Victor Hugo" Maison de Victor Hugo - Victor Hugo House Tip by Jefie

  Victor Hugo's house at No. 6 Place des Vosges
by Jefie

For 16 years, French writer Victor Hugo lived at No. 6 Place des Vosges. He moved there in 1832 with his wife Adele and their four children, and it is said that this is where he began working on Les Miserables, a novel which he was to complete while in political exile for having openly declared Napoleon III a traitor. His second-floor appartment was turned into a museum back in 1902 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the author's birth. It is surprisingly large, and the rooms have been restored to represent the period during which Hugo lived there. The luxurious wall treatments, furniture and chandeliers serve as a beautiful background to the numerous mementos that have been gathered there, including some manuscripts and first editions of his novels, family portraits and pictures, and some works of art dedicated to Hugo (including a bust sculpted by Auguste Rodin).

The museum is closed on Mondays. It doesn't take too long to complete the tour, but there were not admission fees when we were there so it was definitely worth stopping by.

Address: No. 6 Place des Vosges
Directions: Le Marais area, metro Bastille.
Phone: 01 42 72 10 16
Website: http://maisonsvictorhugo.paris.fr/

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  • Updated May 5, 2007
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