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McDowell House Museum is a restored and furnished house museum and pharmacy shop! 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! 

Museum 

Our hours are M-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.

Gift Shop 

Our gift shop is open 11-4 M-Sat. Closed Sundays. Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section or call

(859) 236-2803.

Upcoming Events:

Chemistry in Your Hands, Children’s Program (at museum)

Public Session: Friday July 21st at 3:00 (Please RSVP by e-mailing mcdowellhouse1@att.net, SPACE IS LIMITED)

Meet Dr. McDowell and Mini-Tour, Children’s Program (at museum) 

Public Session: Friday July 28th at 3:00 (Please RSVP by e-mailing mcdowellhouse1@att.net, SPACE IS LIMITED)

Mathin’ Around the Track, Children’s Program (at Boyle County Public Library) 

Open to the Public: Friday, August 4th at 12:30 (no RSVP necessary, targeted to grades K-2nd)

Superhorse, The Shoe, and You, Children’s Program (at Boyle County Public Library)

Open to the Public: Friday, August 4th at 2:00 (no RSVP necessary, targeted to grades 3rd-5th)

Healthy Eating, Children’s Program (at museum) 

Public Session: Thursday, August 10th at 3:00 (Please RSVP by e-mailing mcdowellhouse1@att.net, SPACE IS LIMITED)

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Telephone: 859.236.2804
Please click here for Driving Directions or here for printable pdf.

McDowell House Museum
125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422
 859-236-2804
mcdhse@kih.net

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