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McDowell House Museum

125 S. Second St, Danville, KY 40422
859-236-2804
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Danville
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: McDowell House is a house museum. Every day, personally guided tours are given through the house and apothecary where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and... more » Owner description: McDowell House is a house museum. Every day, personally guided tours are given through the house and apothecary where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and worked. Dr. McDowell is known for performing the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor. « less
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Kentucky
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very interesting and unusual way to spend an afternoon. House and guide were great. Learned a lot and had a great time.

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Louisville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A very fascinating tour of the home where the first successful abdominal surgery (without anesthesia, I might add) was performed by Dr. Ephraim McDowell. The prayer he wrote and kept in his pocket during the surgery was amazing--"...Direct me, Oh! God, in performing this operation, for I am but an instrument in Thy hands, and am but Thy servant, and... More

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Paris, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I grew up in Harrodsburg, but never toured much of it or the surrounding cities. I went with my family and visited Constitution Square first and then went to the Ephraim House at 1:00. We had a coupon from the visitors' center, so go visit there first to get a dollar off adult ticket coupon. The tour guide, Laura, was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The McDowell House Museum and Apothecary Shop is more than a beautiful historical home. I believe it to be one of Kentucky's hidden gems. In this very house Dr. Ephraim McDowell performed the world's first successful abdominal surgery. My tour guide was very knowledgable and provided interesting facts about the home and explained what went on during this experimental surgery.... More

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The McDowell House Museum is where Dr. Ephraim McDowell performed the world's first successful ovarian cyst removal in 1809. The house is filled with many original McDowell family pieces and other historic artifacts. The well stocked apothecary shop was the highlight of our visit. Our guide was wonderful and very informative.

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Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The McDowell House Museum is one of the most important part of Danville history, and sadly, most people who have lived in this town their whole lives haven't even heard of it! The home is beautifully decorated in furniture of the time period, and the gardens are full of native Kentucky flowers and plants that grew in Dr. McDowell's time.... More

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London, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My beau reluctantly took me to Danville to visit Constitution Square, and as an added bonus, the McDowell House. We both really enjoyed the tour of the museum. I had some knowledge of Ephraim McDowell prior to the tour and walked away with a lot more! I wish I had gotten our tour guide's name, because she was so friendly... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Our tourguide was fabulous! My husband and I had our own private tour, and we both enjoyed her knowledge of everything in the house and about Dr. McDowell. The apothecary was phenomenal- what a great use of those relics. Thanks to all the Kentucky doctors who have worked to keep this museum interesting and in good condition. It is well... More

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Lancaster, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The McDowell House tour kept my attention the whole time. My previous experience in touring homes are the stuffy governor or politician homes. This isn't anything like that. Our spunky guide kept us on our toes with interesting stories and facts about the time period and Dr. McDowell. Seeing the homes courtyard is worth the tour.

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We toured the house on 4-3-13 and enjoyed the tour. The young lady who was our guide was excellent. We were the only ones there so she said she could speed it up or take longer for a more detailed tour. Ours lasted about an hour, which is what I think you would need. Must see place for history buffs.

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