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 winter hours are Tue-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.
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.
The gift shop will be open through December 30th and then will be seasonally closed for the month of January and only open select weekends in February (TBA).
We will reopen March 1st.
Stay tuned for more information about a tea to be held at McDowell House in 2018!
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