Guided Tour for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children at McDowell House Museum (Up to Half Off)

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To be considered a historical landmark, buildings must be at least 50 years old and contain at least one Founding Father's skeleton. Feel history in your bones with this Groupon.

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  • $7 for a guided tour for two adults (up to a $14 value)
  • $10 for a guided tour for two adults and two children (up to a $20 value)

McDowell House Museum

The McDowell House Museum began its life as the home of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. While he lived on its premises, during the nation’s early days, Dr. McDowell pioneered the ovariotomy, a medical treatment unheard of in 19th-century clinics. On Christmas morning in 1809, he surgically removed a 22-pound tumor from the ovary of Jane Todd Crawford—the first procedure of its type ever successfully performed.

Today, Dr. McDowell’s house stands as a monument to his medical mind and the people that it saved. On tours through the museum—which is furnished in turn-of-the-century antiques and early medical equipment—guides explain the doctor's lifesaving procedures while strolling through the home’s restored Georgian interior. Guests can wander through Dr. McDowell’s medical office, search for old-fashioned remedies in his apothecary shop next door, and recuperate from their exertions in the formal gardens. The apothecary shop contains more than 200 pieces of antique medical equipment including a leech jar, early American mortars and pestles, and fossilized tongue depressors. The house and its grounds also overlook Constitution Square State Park, which contains the first post office west of the Alleghenies along with replicas of an early jailhouse and courthouse.

Reviews

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

JWalters_12, TripAdvisor, 11/15/12

Our spunky guide kept us on our toes with interesting stories and facts about the time period ... Seeing the homes courtyard is worth the tour.

akhollis, TripAdvisor, 5/6/13

In a Nutshell

19th-century home & apothecary contains furnishings & replicas of medical equipment used by doctor who pioneered surgery on ovarian tumors

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid towards special events or on 6/5/13. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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