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Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

235 John Street North, Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1G4, Canada
705-687-4261
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Gravenhurst
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

As a proud Canadian plus having the honor of having lived in China and adopting a Chinese daughter this was her history lesson She was amazed at this fact and will not forget how this doctor helped China Great attraction and a must for families vacationing in the area to see first hand

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Tsawwassen, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What a thorough tale of the life of a iconic man. Well done!! The modern museum linked with the home are a real treat

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MIAMI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

It was closed when we visited but we were able to get a lot of info from the plaques outside the museum and his home. He developed the first mobile blood transfusions in WW1 and then was the only doctor for 13 million people in China. How sad, that he died in a week,of an infection from a finger cut.... More 

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Dalian, China
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Thousands of people travel from China to see the Bethune House every year. A visitors' centre has been added to the attraction. Bethune is on the list of top 50 Canadians in history and he still has a place in the hearts of around a billion people in China. I'm from Bethune's hometown and I'm in China right now. Wherever... More 

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Toronto
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Enjoyed the visit to Betune's childhood home. Well maintained and furnished with items from that period. Museum has interesting information on his life. Staff very friendly and informative. Worth a visit.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We missed this attraction because we arrive at 4:05 pm. The site is only open between 10 -4. This is a national historic site, why isn't it open when the tourist are there at least till 5.

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Orillia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

amazing place good historical content norman Bethune is reviere all over the world and the curator has done a great job with the artifacts on display appeals to all ages for sure

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Sutton, Ont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Really learned a lot about Dr. Bethune. So glad there is a memorial of some kind in his honour. The Chinese people revere his name and children learn about him in school - I wish the same thing occurred here.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Worth a visit to have a look at the memorabilia of Norman Bethune's life and adventures, and an interesting glimpse at what Gravenhurst looked like in the early 1900's. A definite 'go to' spot for those interested in the history of the area, or Bethune's legacy and what makes him a hero to Mainland China.

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Brantford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Bethune Memorial House is a beautifully preserved location, in llovely grounds. The tour guides (Chinese), extremely well versed in the history of the man himself, are knowledgeable and enthusiastic in their presentation, making the time spent there well worthwhile. This was a great learning experience, and well worth the visit!

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