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Telephone: 859.236.2804
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McDowell House Museum
125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422

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Copyright 2012

Come visit the former home and office of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. Here on Christmas morning 1809, Dr. McDowell performed surgery on Jane Todd Crawford for the removal of an ovarian tumor. The ovarian tumor he removed from Mrs. Crawford weighed twenty-two and one-half pounds. The surgery was performed without benefit of anesthetic or antisepsis, neither of which was known to the medical profession at the time. Mrs. Crawford’s surgery was successful. She returned to her home in Green County twenty-five days after the operation and lived another thirty-two years. This was the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor in the world.

The museum is furnished and features a wonderful collection of antiques including early medical equipment. 

The McDowell House is a National Historic Landmark.

Yes, we are open! McDowell House Museum has resumed its normal schedule! We are now open on Mondays!

Normal Hours:

 Our hours are 10-12, 1-4 Monday-Saturday & 2-4 Sundays. Please arrive by 3:30 for a tour.

Please visit us and bring your company!

Special Tours!

McDowell House Museum will present two special “behind the scenes” tours on March 7th and 21st, respectively.

The first, “A Sneak Peak at Collections”, will be a closer look at a variety of McDowell House’s antiques, including a number of objects that are not usually on display!

The second, “Curatorial Tips” will focus on how museums and history organizations care for antiques. Best of all, it will give you tips on how to care for your own antiques!

The cost will be $10 per person, per session or $15.00 for both sessions. Sessions will run from 10am-12pm. Attendees will need to wear flat soled shoes so that they can walk across our rugs and carpets usually reserved for tour guides. Please RSVP by March 4th for the March 7th tour, and by March 18th for the tour on the 21st. Please RSVP as soon as possible, as space is limited. Please e-mail us at or call at (859) 236-2804.

Please come visit our  gift shop! It is across the street from the museum (the red brick building on the corner).

Our gift shop is open Mon. & Thurs.-Sat. 11-5 in March.

You can contact the gift shop at:

134 S. Second St. Danville, KY (859) 236-2803



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