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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 $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors (62+) & Active Military, $4 Youth (13-18), $3 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 

Our hours are 10-4 Monday-Friday & 9-4 Saturday.

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.

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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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