Welcome to the history of medicine museum in the Hötel-Dieu de HAUTEFORT in Périgord.

Discover this unique museum in Aquitaine.
This museum explores medical history from the 17th century to the present through the realms of dentistry, medicine, surgery and pharmacy. Visitors are offered an exceptional collection of instruments, books and unusual objects associating the history of medicine with the history of man.
The Association de Muséographie Médicale de Hautefort was established in 1994 by a group of volunteers with the aim of restoring, developing, promoting and running this museum in order to promote the Hôtel-Dieu, a unique classified Historical Monument in France, founded in 1669 by the Marquis Jacques François de Hautefort to “bring the consolations of religion to the poor of the region”.
In accordance with its precise founding act, each of its three rooms were designed to receive 11 women, 11 men and 11 boys representing the 33 years of the life of Jesus Christ.
Come and discover this unique museum in this exceptional building, a souvenir of the history of Hautefort and medical science from the 17th century to the present day.
Enter the building by the room of the Holy Spirit (currently housing the tourist office) originally designed to house 11 women from which you can access the museum and the hospital ward.

Rooms

The room of the ETERNAL FATHER or hospital ward

The room of the ETERNAL FATHER or hospital ward

Representing a partial reconstruction of a typical 17th century patients’ ward. Characterized by high windows and a basket handle arched ceiling allowing air to circulate and elimination of miasma.
On the floor, an opening to a well fed by a source. It was possible to draw water for hydration and household use.
In between the beds are closets, one side for storage and an opening in the floor for the disposal of sanitary waste (toilets did not exist at the time).
At the far end of the room, a facsimile of a foundling wheel installed in the late 18th and early 19th century to receive abandoned children (1947 children were abandoned in fifty years). A registrar of the municipality was notified and recorded details of each child in a register including a piece of material from his/her clothing.
This register is still held at the Mairie.
In the central showcase can be seen useful medical instruments of the time.
The two models on show are sisters of the Congregation of Nevers who arrived in Hautefort in 1747 and worked for the local population until 1995.
Salle du Père Eternel: l'armoire d'apothicairerie et son exposition de verrerie biologique

Salle du Père Eternel: l'armoire d'apothicairerie et son exposition de verrerie biologique

Un ensemble important de verrerie dans les domaines de la chimie et la biologie, don de l'institut de chimie de PARIS.
The room of the Divine Word or South Room

The room of the Divine Word or South Room

The room would have housed 11 boys.
On show are a set of liturgical vestments from the 19th century, true masterpieces of workmanship.
In the centre of the room can be seen six wheelchairs dating from the 17th to 20th century.
It is possible to admire the claustras, a type of window allowing the sick to participate in the religious services: matins and vespers (morning and evening) and compline (prayers).
A pall, used in 1847, to cover the coffin of the last member of the HAUTEFORT family, (Sigismonde, Laure, Charlotte), is on show at the far end of the room - a remarkable piece of history and high quality.
Chapel is the center of the building

Chapel is the center of the building

It is in the heart of the building.
The floor is “pisés”. The floor of the altar is characterised by a rotunda with 12 branches symbolising the 12 apostles, the wool shears, “les forces”, in between each point are the emblem of the Hautefort family. On the ceiling you can admire a 19th century masterpiece by Italian itinerant painters. Finally on the right is a listed mausoleum, built at the end of the 19TH century, in which lies the remains of the last member of the HAUTEFORT family, (Sigismonde Laure Charlotte) and the heart of her husband Baron Maxence de DAMAS whom she married in 1818.

Continue the visit upstairs – the staircase was restored and crafted by the “Compagnons de devoir”.
HIPPOCRATE’s room

HIPPOCRATE’s room

Dedicated to pharmacy .You can discover old drugs, rare books (complete VIDAL and a copy from 1928), a collection of 19th century “canards” (used to give drinks to the sick) some scales and other unusual items.
La salle Hippocrate: les ouvrages et les éléments en faïence

La salle Hippocrate: les ouvrages et les éléments en faïence

Outre les livres dont certains anciens, vous pourrez apprécier quelques pièces en faïence de Nevers ou de Moustier (pots d'apothicaire, chevrette, pot à thériaque...).
PLATO’s room

PLATO’s room

Four dental surgeries show the evolution of dentistry from the early 20th century to 1975 and a dental prosthetics workshop from the 19th century.
ARISTOTLE’s room

ARISTOTLE’s room

Two rare exhibitions: one tracing the development of radiology from the discovery of XRay by W. RÖNTGEN and the other “From conception to birth” showing the examination of the pregnant woman, pregnancy, childbirth and baby care. In particular are on show some rare skinned models by AUZOUX and a wax model of a woman in late pregnancy.
La gynécologie / obstétrique

La gynécologie / obstétrique

Sont exposés des écorchés d'AUZOUX et une cire anatomique du 19ème siècle.
Cette exposition s'intitule: de la conception à la naissance.
GALIEN’s room

GALIEN’s room

Dedicated to ophthalmology, surgery and cardiology (including one of the first ECG devices by BOULITTE dating from 1930)
Also on show is sterilizing equipment - for laundry (CHAMBERLAND machines) and instruments (Poupinels).
Finally, a representation of PASTEUR evokes the emergence of modern medicine in the 19th century, the era of great discoveries.
Salle GALIEN: PASTEUR et les grandes découvertes du 19ème siècle

Salle GALIEN: PASTEUR et les grandes découvertes du 19ème siècle

Scénographie de Louis PASTEUR, avec exposition de son matériel utilisé pour son expérience du "col de cygne". Quelques grands chercheurs lui sont associés.

Actualités

(Français) Les chroniques médicales
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(Français) Les audio-guides
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(Français) La pneumologie
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Ré-ouverture du Musée en MARS !
L’Hôtel-Dieu de Hautefort en Périgord a été fondé au 17ème siècle par le Marquis Jacques François de HAUTEFORT, dans la En savoir plus.

Rates and Hours

Hours March to May :
Open daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00

June to mid-November :
Open every day without interruption from 10:00 to 19:00

Groups by reservation all year
Visits or tours
Audio English / French
Contact informations Information and reservations :
Tourist intercommunal township of hautefort
05-53-50-40-27

Contact :
Dr. Louis Charles BARNIER
President of association Museography medical Hautefort
lcbarnier@hotmail.com
06-85-52-29-75
Prices Adult: 6 €
Group (Over 15 people): 4,50 €
Children 10 to 14 years: € 4,50
Children under 10 years: Free
Group child 10 / 14: € 3