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!
Museum Winter Schedule
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day
Open (excluding holidays) Tuesday 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)
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!
Our hours are 10-4 Monday-Saturday
Our gift shop will close for the season starting on December 27th.
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
Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section.
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