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Notice: We are open tomorrow (Saturday, August 26th) but our hours will be slightly shortened. Please arrive between 10-11:30 and 1:00-2:15 to start a tour. We will be closed for lunch from 12-1 and promptly for the day at 3:00! We apologize for any inconvenience and would love to have you at the above times!!

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! 


Our hours are M-Sat 10-12 & 1-4. Sundays 2-4. We take tours as they arrive but please arrive by 11:30 and 3:30 for a tour.

Gift Shop 

      Our gift shop is across 2nd Street in Constitution Square. It is open 11-4 M-Sat, closed Sundays. Call 859-236-2803 for personal assistance and gift suggestions. Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section.

Upcoming Events:

Healthy Eating, Children’s Program (at museum) 

Public Session: Thursday, August 10th at 3:00 (Please RSVP by e-mailing, SPACE IS LIMITED)

McDowell Family Reunion

Please visit for more information. This event is coordinated by the McDowell Family, but there will be a ticketed dinner at McDowell House Museum on Saturday, September 23rd. Please see their website for details. 

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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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