Guided Tour for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Students or Children at McDowell House Museum (Up to 60% Off)

McDowell House Museum Danville

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In a Nutshell

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

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid towards special events. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. May be repurchased every 30 days. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 voucher.

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  • $6 for a guided tour for two adults (up to a $14 value)
  • $8 for a guided tour for two adults and two students/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.

Customer Reviews

Historical tour. Stop by Burk's Bakery afterwards for a sweet treat.
Sarah M. · July 25, 2016
The tour was very interesting but you could easily become wrapped up in the history of the place and run longer than the estimated 45 minute tour time. I highly recommend McDowell House. My children, 8 and 10, liked seeing all the period pieces and learning the story of medical practices during that time. In fact, they didn't want to leave! The Apothecary was a very neat experience.
Jennifer C. · December 8, 2014
Very informational tour!
Vicki C. · January 27, 2014

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