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McDowell House Museum

125 S. Second St, Danville, KY 40422
859-236-2804
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Ranked #3 of 5 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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Danville, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Danville, KY
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14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Do you like history? If so, you'll love visiting the McDowell House Museum. The docents are well informed and will tell you things you never knew, like where did "Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite" originate.

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

McDowell House presents an authentic view of Kentucky history, and some fascinating facts that most folk don't know.

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Danville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

check out the first doctor to do surgery on ovarian cancer. truly a doctor who really cared about his patients

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Danville, Kentucky
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112 reviews 112 reviews
6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

McDowell House #4 of 4 Danville attractions? What? This is THE gem of Danville attractions. The fully-restored house and grounds are truly wonderful, especially considering the history of what happened here. Someone complains that when there's a festival downtown, parking is a problem? Yeah, but is that the fault of the McDowell House? The place is magnificent, and Lindsay, the... More

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Stony Creek, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

Whether you are medically inclined or not this is a great period home of an esteemed doctor. The history of the first surgery performed in the United States in 1806 (?) is fascinating. What is really nice is that the extremely well informed curator, Ms. Moynihan, has personally researched much of the period pieces, verified the family stories, and you... More

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