Closed since April 15, 2019, the Maison de Victor Hugo (Victor Hugo’s House), place des Vosges in Paris, was to reopen in 2020. Refurbishing works have been carried out inside and in the museum’s courtyard. Because of the health situation and the lockdowns, the reopening of the museum has been postponed several times. But, Victor Hugo's house is ready and expects us from May 19, 2021.
Works carried out in Victor Hugo’s house enabled to changer the traffic way: to admire the permanent collections, visitors now have to use a new way. This tour takes you by renovated service stairs – among others – the very same stairs Victor Hugo climbed up and down when he wanted to go out and in discreetly. The staircase enjoys a new staging to better fit the atmosphere of the house. Red wallpaper, stained-glass windows, small characters from Victor Hugo's novels, it is now a worthy way in and out of the house. This staircase also enables you to exit by the courtyard, a courtyard likely to become your new favorite spot in Paris.
One of the biggest innovations after the reopening of the museum is the refurbishment of the inner courtyard. This new place - that used to belonged to the neighboring vocational school - has been recovered and refurbished to provide a relaxing area to visitors. For instance, you can enjoy a resin copy of the Fontaine aux Serpents, a decorative item bought by Hugo and he took with him when exiled to Guernesey.
This plant-lined courtyard now houses a café managed by maison Mulot, a brand always at the cutting edge of modernity, but always without forgetting pastry classics. This new fusion is likely to please you: the café is the perfect place for a sweet break between two stories about Victor Hugo’s life.
Amid the novelties to enjoy in the museum, the touch screen terminals set at the entrance and the exit of the house. "The first terminal enables to see a timeline recounting the life of Victor Hugo with many pictures. This element was highly required by our visitors. The second terminal takes us on a tour of the Guernesey house, room by room, to make the connection between Victor Hugo's two houses", director Gérard Audinet explains.
The director is also proud to present the latest smartphone application that will change the way you visit the museum. Called "Chez Victor Hugo", this app is used as a free audioguide working in six different languages. There is also a tour fitting children, a sign language-friendly tour, and an off-the-wall tour focusing on the writer's funerals, enabling us to know more about the main steps of the funeral procession from the Champs-Elysées to the Pantheon. This tour is also related to the Victor Hugo exhibition at the Pantheon.
Always a forerunner in welcoming and making people at ease, Victor Hugo's house also offers - via the app - a special tour for blind and visually impaired people. The app not only enables to guide you through the house without problem, but also includes comments and description of furniture and works of art around.
For its reopening, Victor Hugo's house in Paris also houses a very beautiful exhibtion shining a light on the incredible writer's spectacular drawings.
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Dates and Opening Time
Starts 19 May 2021
Maison de Victor Hugo
6, place des Vosges
75004 Paris 4