The former hospital of Hautefort displays a strong and haughty image, in this village of Périgord Noir.
Established in 1669 by Marquis Jacques-François de Hautefort, following an edit by Louis XIV in 1662, which had recommended the creation of provincial organizations to house the poor, it remains a rare hospital foundation of this type
Since 1994, it has been housing a museum of medicine, with, on one hand, a historical part about life in the building (reconstruction of a patients' room, explanations on the political, economic and social situations of the XVIIth century) and, on the other hand, a part on the history of medicine told through permanent and temporary exhibitions.
If, originally, this remarkable building had a social vocation, it, very fast, became a place for patients.
As early as 1747, the Sisters of Nevers, whose congregation had a good reputation in the care of patients, were called in.
They staid in Hautefort until 1995. Soldiers of the First World War were looked after in this place.
Exceptional: this year?s temporary exhibition on "Dentistry in the XIXth century".
To visit absolutely, with Hautefort castle.
The Museum of the History of Medicine is referenced by seniors?clubs in "Tourist guide for Seniors?.
Consult the Museum site:
Http: // www.musee-medecine-hautefort.com/
In April, May, the Museum is open daily from 10 to 12 am and 2 to 6 pm.
From June to September, from 10 am to 7 pm. In October, Monday to Friday from 10 to
12 am and from 2 to 6 pm.Guided tours, free visits, conferences.
For groups: by appointment with the Tourist Office: 05.53.50.40.27