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. Take a personally guided tour and hear the dramatic story!
Due to the pandemic we will be closed for tours throughout the month of March.
Our staff will continue working, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 236-2804.
If you cannot visit us, please see our virtual tour!
Standard Admission Rates
Admission is $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors (62+) & Active Military, $4 Youth (13-18), $3 Children (5-12), and Free Preschool (0-4).
Our gift shop will reopen on April 1st, 2021.
Items can be purchased through mail order. Please call (859) 236-2804 and leave a message or send an inquiry to
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