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Grenfell House Museum

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Address: St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 4S0, Canada
Phone Number: 709 454 4010
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Grenfell House is the restored residence of Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell....

Grenfell House is the restored residence of Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell. It is part of the Grenfell Historic Properties which also include The Grenfell Interpretation Centre, Grenfell Handicrafts, Tea House HIll & walking trail, the Dock House Museum and the Jordi Bonet Murrals at the Rontunda. Sir Wilfred was a young medical doctor who came to Newfoundland in 1892 and left behind a legacy of schools, orphanages, coop's and medical services, which still exits today.

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Bright, informative and very well organized

The exterior is gorgeous with perennial and annual mixed gardens at the entrance. It is very accessible and the washrooms are handy by. The gift shop downstairs is full of quality... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Mary M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The exterior is gorgeous with perennial and annual mixed gardens at the entrance. It is very accessible and the washrooms are handy by. The gift shop downstairs is full of quality local handicrafts in all price ranges. All in all a very good spot to visit and have a bit of tea. Great view from the Tea Room.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This interpretive centre gives excellent insights into the development of healthcare/public health in the province. Many of the photos and recordings are extremely touching, and the whole experience is quite inspirational. The attached gift shop has some fabulous carvings for sale, as well as quality prints and hooked hangings.

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Edmonton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We started here by watching a video about Dr Grenfell. He was by all accounts a very giving man who went above and beyond for the people of Labrador. After the video we toured the museum. There were a lot of photos and some interesting medical equipment from the early 1900's. It was interesting to learn about transportation in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I never expected to enjoy this museum so much. I'm typically not a museum visitor as I prefer to be out on a hiking trail exploring. The opening video was touching and from that moment I was hooked on learning more about Dr. Grenfell and his mission. I read every exhibit note. The exhibit was well thought out and displayed.... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

How large a role can a charity play in providing health care and education? Can it replace government in this function if it refuses to or is unable to provide these services? Or can charity only play a minor role? The Grenfell properties provide a possible answer. The interpretation center documents the life of Wilfred Thomas Grenfell and the organizations... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This museum offers a terrific history of the local area and the man most essential to building it. I had very little idea about Dr Grenfell before arriving in the area and I'm really pleased to have learned more. The museum is set up very effectively, from the introductory movie to the layout of the exhibits. What the Grenfells accomplished... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

I had not heard of Wilfred Grenfell before but our B and B host told us a bit of his story and suggested that we stop by the museum. I am so glad that I did. It was quite fascinating and the museum is very well laid out. The information gave me a better understanding of the Newfoundland people and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

The museum may be small, relatively speaking, but it offers an exceptionally good visual narrative of Dr. Grenfell's life and exploits. It's not to be missed if one wishes to know more about the early history of Newfoundland.

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Conception Bay South, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

The exhibits are informative, and the video was excellent. It really transfers you back into time, and makes you appreciate the challenges of the day.

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Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

The house located on Maraval Road was built by Dr. and Mrs. Grenfell in 1909 and holds many original furnishings and artifacts. Not much has been changed since it was built which makes it unusually and wonderfully authentic. A set of scrapbooks kept by several individuals who volunteered at the Mission during the early 1900’s provided fascinating glimpses into historical... More 

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