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“Educational, great place to take children”

Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site
Ranked #7 of 35 things to do in Gravenhurst
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

It was located in the residential area but very educational and lots to learn.
I am glad I took my teenage children. They have learned the base of Canadian Health Care system and also humanitarian.

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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

For anyone that has spent anytime in China, visiting Bethune's home is a must. Bethune is so revered there that it is not uncommon for people in China to mention his name immediately after learning someone is Canadian.

The museum is tasteful and informative with plenty of interesting details. I went with a 6, 9, 11, and 14 year old. Each were captivated by the short video documentary about Bethune.

The area also makes a nice little road trip from Toronto--especially in the fall--as the town is gorgeous with many good places to eat. Though I have heard about Bethune's heroism for many years when I lived in China, seeing Gravenhurst in the Fall certainly underlines his sacrifice.

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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We dropped by on the way to visit this heritage museum and tribute to a truly great and selfless man. The museum isn't large but it packs a lot of key highlights of Bethune's life and his medical achievements and his selfless giving to help the Chinese during the war. We learned a lot and spent nearly 3 hours reading all the exhibits and watching the videos. It's sad that during his life fellow doctors and even the govt did not offer any assistance to him or even recognize his contributions to medicine and to humanity. Admission includes the house he was born in which was very well preserved. This museum is highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in this great man's contribution to the Chinese.

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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Admittedly, I remember very little about Dr. Norman Bethune from my Canadian history classes. The museum and adjacent memorial house where Bethune grew up were a good local attraction in Gravenhurst. You will probably spend about 1 hour here if you take the time to read most of the things on the walls and displays.

1  Thank Keith T
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

After a recovery from TB,Gravenhurst native is determined to make a difference in the world. He graduates from U of Toronto in 1917 and becomes an expert in thoracic surgery to save those with tuberculosis.
But, when the Spanish Civil War breaks out he rushes to Spain saving hundreds by developing mobile blood transfusion clinics.
Later, when the Japanese invade China he joins young MAO ZEDONG & the 8th army where he is the only doctor. While running a MASH type surgical unit, he taught local Chinese to do surgery; wrote first aid manuals& articles to garner sympathy for the Chinese cause. He died of blood poisoning when he no longer had surgical gloves and a cut finger turned septic.

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