McDowell House Museum
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!
Due to the holidays we will be closed in the museum and gift shop on Thanksgiving, December 23-25, and December 30th-January 1st.
November 1st-March 1st Schedule
Tues-Sat 10-11:30 & 1-3:30 (Closed from 12-1, & at 4:00)
Sunday 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.
Reservations are accepted but are only necessary for large groups (over 10 people, please call 859-236-2804).
We are open 11-4 M-Sat! Please visit us for a variety of unique gifts, including Kentucky made items!
The store is in Constitution Square, 134 S. Second St., across from our museum. Call 859-236-2803 for personal assistance and gift suggestions. Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section.
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