McDowell House Museum is a restored and furnished house museum with a historic pharmacy and two gardens! Come visit this National Historic Landmark where medical history was made. McDowell House is the former home and office of pioneering surgeon Dr. Ephraim McDowell.
Here on Christmas morning 1809 in an upstairs bedroom, Dr. McDowell performed a surgical experiment on a brave and desperate woman named Jane Todd Crawford. Without medical intervention, Mrs. Crawford was doomed to die a slow and painful death from a huge abdominal tumor. Dr. Ephraim McDowell dared to try the impossible, surgically removing the abdominal tumor. This type of surgery had never been done before. Anesthesia, antibiotics, and modern sterilization techniques were unknown.
Come take a personally guided tour through the museum and hear the dramatic story!
Our winter hours are Tue-Sat 10-12 & 1-4. Sundays 2-4. We take tours as they arrive but please arrive by 11:30 and 3:30 for a tour.
Our gift shop is across 2nd Street in Constitution Square. It is open 11-4 M-Sat, closed Sundays. Call 859-236-2803 for personal assistance and gift suggestions. Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section.
Green Tea Sunday, December 3rd 2pm-4pm Free
Come view our beautiful historic house, which will be newly decorated for Christmas. The decorations will be created by the Garden Club of Danville. Free self-guided tours of the main museum and light refreshments. This is an annual holiday tradition dating back decades.
Candlelight Tours Friday, December 8th $6.00 at the door, 5:30pm-8:00pm, last tour 7:30pm
Evening tours of the decorated main museum will show off our lovely historic home.
($8.00 Combination Ticket including nearby Jacobs Hall Museum available starting at either location, Jacobs Hall Open 3:00pm-8:00pm)
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