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Due to Special Programming, Tours Will Only be Available at 11:30 & 3:30 on Friday, July 22nd. Normal Tour Hours Will Resume on July 23rd.

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.

Our hours are 10-12 & 1-4 Mon-Sat. & 2-4 on Sun.

We take tours as they arrive but please arrive by 3:30 for a tour.

Our gift shop is open from 11-4, and is across the street from our museum in Constitution Square. Its address is 134 S. Second St. Please come visit us!

Summer Children’s Programming

Held at the Boyle County Public Library, No Reservations Required:
307 West Broadway Downtown Danville

The Royal Navy Doctor
The closest thing to meeting a real 1800s doctor! Prepare yourself for an “amputation”, “cranial surgery”, and a “musket ball removal”! Professional reenactor Albert Roberts, all the way from the Nashville area, complete with costume, reproduction medical tools, and dry sense of humor.        This took place on June 24th. 

Thoroughbred Care
Come bring your horse crazy children and their friends to hear about the care of racehorses. From the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, this program teaches children about life science and the care of living things.
10:00 AM at the Boyle County Public Library on July 29th

Held at McDowell House Museum, Reservations Required:
125 S. Second St. Downtown Danville

Sustainable Gardening
Join us and learn about planting a garden, making it fun and easy to grow food! Includes a hands on activity of making seed tape you and your children can take home and plant. This program is presented by Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This took place on July 8th.

Your Heart, Your Blood, Your Health
This interactive program is straight from the Cincinnati Museum Center! The children will learn all about the heart and, “Get a closer look at capillaries,….test your food pyramid knowledge and share some giant microbes.”
9:15 at McDowell House Museum on July 15th, Limited Space RSVP

Meet Doctor McDowell & Mini-Tour
Hear about the amazing surgery performed in Danville by Dr. Ephraim McDowell in 1809. Philip Eskew, M.D. will appear as Dr. Ephraim McDowell. Also features a child friendly mini-tour of the museum.
9:15 at McDowell House Museum on July 22nd, Limited Space RSVP

For Reservations
All performances at McDowell House require reservations. The library performances are walk in.
Contact to sign up and receive an e-mailed ticket. Please make sure to include number of children and adults. Please let us know 24 hours prior to program if you become unable to attend, as we may have a waiting list.

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McDowell House Museum
125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422

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