The City of Paris conserves the two houses that Victor Hugo lived in the longest : the Rohan-Guéménée mansion in Paris and the Hauteville House in Guernesey. The Rohan-Guéménée mansion became a museum in 1902 through a donation made to the City of Paris by Paul Meurice. Today, the apartment in which Victor Hugo lived from 1832 to 1848 replicates his life through three decisive periods: before exile, during exile and after exile. The museum presents two temporary exhibitions per year, highlighting the works of the collection and Victor Hugo’s talent as a visionary illustrator.
Hauteville House was purchased in 1856 by the author with his earnings from Contemplations and given to the City of Paris in 1927 by the descendants of Victor Hugo. The exiled poet’s residence is a “true autograph over three floors, a poem in several rooms”, as his son Charles wrote. In his ‘look-out’, overlooking the harbour and drawing from the strength of the ocean, the writer and designer wrote Les Misérables, The Legend of the Ages, Toilers of the Sea and The Man Who Laughs.Museum's website