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McDowell House Museum

125 S. Second St, Danville, KY 40422
859-236-2804
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Ranked #3 of 7 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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Paris, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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