McDowell House Museum
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!
We are reopening Monday-Saturday starting June 15th with the following restrictions:
1. Masks must be worn while on museum property.
2. Only one household will be admitted at a time.
3. Reservations must be made, please call or e-mail (859) 236-2804 or email@example.com
Reservations may be made for: 10:30, 1:00, or 2:30 Monday-Saturday
If you cannot visit us, please see our virtual tour!
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).
Our gift shop reopened on July 6th. Our hours are 10-12:30 & 1-4 Monday through Friday.
We are testing opening Saturday as well, so please call ahead if you plan to come then.
Items can also be purchased through mail order. Please call (859) 236-2804 during regular museum hours or send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
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