The historic house of Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), which is 280 square meters, located on the second floor of the Rohan-Jemna Hotel, now serves as a museum. It is located in the Place de Vouz No. 6 in the fourth district of Paris. Hugo rented the apartment for 16 years from 1832-1848. Today the museum is preserved and managed by the city of Paris.
During his stay at this apartment, he hosted many of the greatest French writers of his time. In February 1843 in his apartment he celebrated his daughter's wedding, Leopoldine, and in September marked her tragic death.
In the office of this apartment he wrote some of his famous works, for example a large part of "Les Miserables" was written there. In 1841 he was elected a member of the French Academy.
After he left the apartment in 1848, the building went through renovations that make it hard to accurately reconstruct the original frame of the building, for example the disappearance of the corridors and balconies overlooking the square. The museum and exhibition were made possible thanks to the contribution of the author and Hugo's good friend, Paul Maurice, who enabled the Paris municipality in 1902 to purchase the building. The museum was inaugurated on the 30th June 1903.
Already at the age of 14 Hugo decided he wanted to be a poet, and when he was only 10 he was awarded a scholarship for his first book of poems. He used to write day after day for years and revolutionized French poetry. He led a group of writers and poets who created a new style - Romanticism.
In 1830, Hugo's play "Hernani" was performed in Paris, which was one of the first romantic plays. Paris was very angry after this play and a lot of heated arguments broke out in the theater among the spectators of the show. These arguments were part of a long tradition of disagreements about artistic taste in the French theater.
In 1831 Hugo published the renowned novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." The purpose of the novel was to present the beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral to the general public, after its destruction by the masses during the French Revolution. The novel was a success in France and led to the beginning of a proper preservation process for the cathedral. The book has been translated into many languages and has gained great success around the world.
Hugo made sure that his stories instigate hope in the hearts of the poor and suffering, and to assure them a beautiful and just life.
In 1838, his play "Roi Bella" was performed for the first time in the Renaissance Theater in Paris, a romantic drama that takes place in Spain in the 17th century.
Victor Hugo died in Paris in the year 1855 and was buried in his funeral in the Pantheon, where all the great builders of France are buried.
In the first floors of the building is the Rohan-Jemna Hotel and on the third floor you will find the same house where Victor Hugo lived with his wife and four children, in the years 1832-1848. Hugo's apartment had been restored to the smallest and most accurate detail.
The visit is especially interesting for those who want to know the man, see how and where he worked and of course under what conditions he lived.
Beyond a glimpse into the intimate rooms of the writer, in which he wrote some his great works, such as Les Miserables, there is an exhibition that presents his life and some of his famous manuscripts. The apartment contains original collections that he collected, paintings he looked at and the authentic furniture he used. Victor Hugo's home presents an exhibition of his life, accompanied by a selection of his writings and drawings. All the rooms have been renovated and restored and offer an authentic view of his work.