Maison Victor Hugo

On 26 February 1802, the house at 140 Grande-Rue in Besançon was the birthplace of a world-famous writer, Victor Hugo.

Unlike the other houses where he lived, the Maison natale de Victor Hugo is neither a museum nor a place of memory. In a contemporary scenography that leaves a lot of room for multimedia, the struggles of this committed man are presented since the opening of the Maison Victor Hugo in September 2013.

“Those who live are those who struggle”, Les Châtiments, 1852
The ground floor of the museum’s permanent exhibition evokes the links that Victor Hugo maintained with his native city. The staircase leading to the first floor combines the chronology of 19th century French history with the key events in Victor Hugo’s life. The four thematic areas on the first floor are devoted to Victor Hugo’s commitments: poet, playwright, novelist, Victor Hugo was also a politician who transmitted his ideas and convictions through his actions, speeches and writings. A partnership with four international associations highlights the relevance of these struggles in the 21st century.

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Maison Victor Hugo
140 Grande rue
03 81 41 53 65

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Opening periods and special opening conditions / Covid-19

Open every day except Tuesday From 1 April to 31 October from 10.30am to 6pm From 1st November to 31st March from 10.30am to 5.30pm School holidays (zone A), public holidays and weekends from 10.30am to 6pm Closed on 01/01, 01/05, 01/11, 25/12

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