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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. Take a personally guided tour and hear the dramatic story!


Due to the current situation, we will be closed for tours until further notice. Our gift shop will also be closed. Office staff will be checking e-mails ( and phone messages (859) 236-2804 periodically.

We apologize for any inconvenience and wish everyone a healthy spring! 

New! Video Tour of the Museum!

Part 1

Part 2 


Museum Spring Schedule

Open Monday through Sunday

To Take A Guided Tour (all tours are guided):

Tues-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)

Please see Visit Us or Virtual Tour for more information.


Standard Admission Rates 

Admission is $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors (62+) & Active Military, $4 Youth (13-18), $3 Children (5-12), and Free Preschool (0-4).


Groups & Field Trips 

We love having groups! Group tours requires reservations. Please call 859-236-2804. Group discounts are available!

Please see Visit Us or Field Trips for more information on group tours.


Gift Shop 

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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