Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site, Gravenhurst

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Bethune Memorial House, a National Historic Site of Canada in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, commemorates the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune. Impatient and restless, he was inspired by a sense of duty to others and a love of the outdoors. In Bethune, these characteristics were the seeds of a battlefront surgeon, activist, humanitarian, inventor, teacher and artist. The historic site explores the roots and examines his legacy. Dr. Bethune spent the last two years of his life in China, serving as a teacher and as a surgeon of the communist Eighth Route Army.
The house was built in 1880 to serve as the manse of Knox Presbyterian Church. Malcolm Bethune became the minister of Knox Church in 1889 and, a year later, his son Norman was born in the manse. The Bethune family remained in Gravenhurst until 1893 when they moved to Beaverton, Ontario. Thereafter, the house was occupied by a succession of ministers.
In 1973 the house was purchased by the federal government's Department of External Affairs. Restoration of the building was subsequently undertaken by Parks Canada, which is now responsible for its operation.
In August 2002, then-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, visited the house and unveiled a bronze statue of Dr. Bethune erected by the Town of Gravenhurst. It is located on the main street alongside the notable Opera House.
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  • Norman Bethune was thrown out of numerous Canadian hospitals for his pervasive drug addictions and poor clinical judgement. He traveled to China to work in an area where drugs were plentiful...  more »
  • This was a fascinating visit. I had known of Dr. Norman Bethune through my father, a Canadian surgeon. The museum has been thoughtfully assembled and thoroughly researched.  more »
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  • A part of our Canadian National heritage. Something to be loved and cherished by the international community.
  • An incredible experience! $3.90 for general entry to the museum where you can learn about this famous Canadian thoracic surgeon. You also have access to the outdoor grounds ans the first floor of the house he was born in. For another $3.90 you can watch a very good 10 minute video and explore the rest of the house, as well as have a unique photo opportunity. Very informative, great for the general public and especially for anyone working or studying in the healthcare field.

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