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McDowell House Museum

Copyright 2012

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! 


March-October Schedule (Open Year Round) 

Guided Tours 

Mon-Sat Arrive Anytime Between 10-11:30 & 1-3:30 (Closed from 12-1, & at 4:00)

 Sunday Arrive Anytime Between 2-3:30 (Close at 4:00)

All tours are guided and your tour will start upon your arrival. Please expect to spend 45-60 minutes in the museum.

Please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Admission is $7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (62+), $3 Youth (13-18), $2 Children (5-12), Ages 4 and Under are Free.

Please see Visit Us or Virtual Tour for more information.

Reservations are accepted but are only necessary for large groups (over 10 people, please call 859-236-2804).

Please see Visit Us or Field Trips for more information on group tours.

Gift Shop 

The Gift Shop will reopen March 4th. Our hours will be 11-4 Monday-Thursday & Saturday.

Purchases can also be made by requesting at the museum that the gift shop be opened. Items can also be purchased through mail order. Please call (859) 236-2804 during regular museum hours or send an inquiry to

Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section.

Garden Club of Danville Announcement

         The Garden Club of Danville Garden Tour, May 18, 10 am – 4 pm

Eight of Danville’s prettiest private gardens will be on display when the Garden Club of Danville holds its third garden tour on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These gardens display a variety of styles full of inspiration and imagination.   Six of the gardens are concentrated near downtown and two are on the outskirts of town. There are small and large gardens, formal and casual, and two designed especially for native plants and pollinators. Local artists will be creating their art in each garden.

Two of the properties are on the National Register of Historic Places and five are in National Historic Districts. In celebration of Preservation Month in May, the Heart of Danville has produced posters detailing the history of each house. The framed posters will be on display at the Boyle County Public Library for the month of May and will be at each garden the day of the tour. The houses will not be open.

Proceeds from the tour go towards projects benefiting the community. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the tour. Tickets are available from club members, The Derby Shoppe, and Maple Tree Gallery. Day of tour tickets at Constitution Square or any of the gardens. The tour will be held rain or shine. For more information, see

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McDowell House Museum
125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422

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