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Arts, Community and Culture Museum

Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

235 John St N, Gravenhurst, Ontario Canada


This former Presbyterian Church manse, built in 1880, is the birthplace of Dr Norman Bethune (189-1939), arguably the best known Canadian abroad given his status as a national hero in China. In 1936-37, Dr Bethune implemented mobile blood transfusion units at the battlefront during the Spanish Civil War. In 1939 he died performing surgery in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He was a nonconformist surgeon of note, a humanitarian, and an advocate of socialized medicine in Canada, even before Tommy Douglas. This National Historic Site of Canada has been operated by Parks Canada since 1976. In 2015 it received over 15,000 visitors, in part owing to its new Visitor Centre which offers many interactive displays. More than half the visitors come expressly from the People's Republic of China.

Activities available

  • Photo Op / Scenic Viewpoint

Amenities available

  • Free Parking
  • Heritage
  • Accessible

Features available

  • Heritage Designated Property

235 John St N
Gravenhurst, Ontario
P1P 1G4
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Everyday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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