Known as “The Birthplace of Insulin”, 442 Adelaide St. N. in London, Ontario is the house where Sir Frederick Banting woke up at two o’clock on the morning of October 31, 1920 with the idea that led to the discovery of insulin. Banting lived at this location for ten months, beginning in July 1920, and attempted a private medical practice before returning to Toronto to begin his research on insulin in the spring of 1921.
Today Banting House National Historic Site of Canada is home to the London branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association and a museum dedicated to the life of Sir Frederick Banting. The house was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997.
The museum features exhibits dedicated to Banting as co-discoverer of insulin, doctor, war hero, and artist. Notable artifacts include Banting’s bed-frame where he woke up with his historic idea, numerous medals including Banting’s Memorial Cross, knighthood, and a replica of his Nobel Prize, and an impressive collection of original artwork by Banting.