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!
Starting March 1st our hours are:
M-Sat 10-12 & 1-4 (Please arrive by 11:30 and 3:30 for a tour)
Sunday 2-4 (Please arrive by 3:30 for a tour)
Please come to the front door and ring the bell.
We take tours as they arrive, reservations are only necessary for large groups (over 10 or 12 people, please call 859-236-2804).
Our gift shop will reopen March 1st and be open 11-4 M-Sat! Please visit us for a variety of unique gifts, including Kentucky made items!
The store is in Constitution Square, 134 S. Second St., across from our museum. Call 859-236-2803 for personal assistance and gift suggestions. Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section.
Stay tuned for more information about a tea to be held at McDowell House in 2018!
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