Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This museum chronicles the life and career of Alexander Graham Bell with its rich collection of artifacts and documents accumulated by Dr. Bell and his family during their time in Nova Scotia.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • BellBoy53
    Brisbane, Australia607 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots on Offer
    Here the museum is dedicated to the inventions, experiments and life of Alexander Graham Bell. The information is on static and multi-media displays as well as original and relica artifacts. There is lot on offer but I managed to get better appreciation of his contributions, other than the telephone. Outside there are good views across the waters.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Terrific Trekking Teacher
    Thunder Bay, Canada157 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went in expecting to learn about Alex, but left inspired by Mabel.
    It wasn’t what I was expecting and that was a good thing. I really enjoyed learning about how Mabel was a driving force and a scientist in her own right. I especially found her journey with being deaf interesting. I only took off a star as I wish there were more activities for children. We did the telephone cords and the sheep activity, but I feel like with Alexander Bell being a scientist of flight and sound among other things they really missed something by not having stations and hands on activities for children around the museum. They are our future scientist after all.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Mark P
    New Germany, Canada47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A classy take on the Bell family history
    Great setting, good access and well designed, this museum works well for a half-day experience. The breadth of Bell's activity is the surprise to some of us. His wife's contribution could be emphasized.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Anne H
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Both educational and touching.
    An excellent exhibition which very clearly gave a rounded picture of AG Bell. Prior to visiting I had no idea of the range of interests, and inventions, which he had & was responsible for - a very talented man. Also the insight into the man himself - a true romantic and philanthropist! Mrs Bell was a brave and exceptional woman. So glad that she was given so much credit too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Debbie J
    Ottawa, Canada7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting look at Bells inventions after the telephone
    This is a modern visitors centre (this isn't his house, which is still used by his family and not open to the public), built to recognise the inventions Bell focused on after inventing the telephone. It's interesting because we didn't know that he was a prolific inventor of aircraft and hyrdofoil. There are areas with information panels, slide presentations, a few small artifacts and then a larger area with a replica of his aircraft, this two story area gives you a good view from below and above. I found it informative, but there is a lot of reading, so may not be engaging enough for kids. There is a small cafe and souvenir store. ample free parking.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • backpacker31
    Boynton Beach, Florida5,774 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Much More Than The Telephone!
    If you think you know Alexander G. Bell, think again. The man who is synonymous with the telephone was truly a world changing innovator. I never knew how many inventions he was associated with - airplanes, hearing aids, etc. He truly was a man ahead of his time, especially regarding conservation and the environment. I learned so much here and was never aware of his connection to Baddeck until now. Bell’s wife was an equally accomplished person. Again, I never knew about her until I came here. The exhibits were most informative, easy to follow and were wonderfully displayed. The airplane hall was incredible! Staff were helpful and personable. I wish some day that his home (across the bay) would be open to the public.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 10, 2023
  • ITRT
    44,690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    Do you know why Bell invented the telephone? As a teacher of the deaf, he fell in love with one of his students. He had to prove himself to her father that he was worthy to marry Mabel. He formed the Bell Telephone Company. His young bride Mabel, as a wedding gift received 30% stock his new company. The museum chronicles and showcases other inventions including his Silver Dart airplane, and the HD-4, the world’s fastest watercraft. The museum is in a small fishing village on Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Bell’s home overlooks the picturesque Bras d’Or Lake. The museum’s architecture is like Bell’s tetrahedral kites. The exhibits, artifacts and documents represent what Bell and is family accumulated during their time in Nova Scotia. This is where Bell spent most of the last 37 years of his life.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Deborahjune
    Toronto, Canada694 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    This man was a genius and invented a lot more than the telephone! A fascinating museum that is well worth a visit. We went near closing time so couldn't do a tour but our ticket allowed us to come by the next day if we had the time. The staff were very helpful and were very anxious to share their knowledge and to answer questions. Everyone who owns a telephone should visit here and be thankful and appreciate the life of Mr. Bell.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
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diggcm
Bedford, Canada108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I have been to this museum before and the life and work of Alexander Graham Bell are both amazing. However due to Covid restrictions it is a static display with a lot of reading. The interactive displays are closed and we unfortunately did not find the staff very engaging. Paying full price during Covid seems a bit much. In hindsight, I would have skipped this museum as our son is 9 and he wasn’t overly excited to read all the displays or be read to the whole time. I still think the museum does a great job when their full display is open and it is worth going to now if you are content to read all about Bell’s inventions and accomplishments. It just isn’t that fun for kids at the moment.

The gift shop is lovely.
Written August 15, 2020
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nwaynesworld
Nova Scotia2,288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Nice museum in Downtown Baddack. Lots of interning history. Plan to spend at least an hour or two. Unfortunately, there are some Covid-19 restrictions in place, i.e., not everything in the museum is open. Definitely with a visit.
Written July 19, 2020
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Jae W. Lee
Long Island, NY5,876 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
During our “10-Day Canada and New England” cruise aboard Caribbean Princess ship last October, we joined our ship’s shore excursion from Sydney port to “Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site” in Baddeck. Following about 50 minute driving, we arrived at the park like site overlooking beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes.
This historic site, a Canada’s National Historic Site, contained impressive collections of documents and artifacts of the amazing inventor Bell’s years of creative work and rewarding life in the picturesque Baddeck. Until we started going through the exhibits of Bell’s creative work, we just knew him as a Scottish American who invented telephone. But soon, we learned that a substantial part of Bell’s highly productive and happy life was in Baddeck, Canada, and his creative works went far beyond his invention of telephone. The abundant exhibits at the site showed his impressive experiments, including hydrofoil high speed boat, airplane, wire & light transmission of speech and sound, kites, etc.
The site also featured exhibits of Bell’s family life with his wife Mabel Gardiner Hubbard Bell to whom Bell gave his entire stock holdings of the Bell Telephone Company, except 10 shares, as the wedding gift on the day of their wedding. The exhibition building had a huge hall with the ceiling to floor glass windows on one side, overlooking the beautiful lake. This site is a must visit site while in Sydney, Canada.
Written September 16, 2020
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GregWpgMB
Winnipeg, Canada205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I think all of us know the story of how Bell invented the telepnone but how many know about the extensive work he did with the deaf or his involvement with optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics. He was also a co-founder of AT&T. His personal life details were also fascinating. The museum lays all this information out in a very thoughtful and educational manner, certainly not intimidating. I would highly recommend a visit (1-2 hours).
Written October 3, 2021
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Sandy S
Riverside, CT629 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Visited on the one rainy day of our Nova Scotia trip -- museum is interesting, but was very crowded due to the weather. We enjoyed learning about Bell's work with the deaf, with the telephone, and more surprisingly, his work with hydrofoil boats and early aircraft. Unfortunately, wasn't not that much to interest kids, since it was a lot of reading and not particularly interactive, although they did provide the kids with a free welcome kit with some information and trinkets. Still, a worthwhile stop.
Written February 21, 2023
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tshep42
Halifax, Canada4,057 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
It is a lot smaller than I remember it. I was there as a child and there with my own children about 10 years ago. There are a few interesting displays, especially the Silver Dart hanging from the ceiling, but won’t take an hour to get through even taking your time.
There is a small cafe and a lovely, little gift shop. Not very busy on a Saturday afternoon.
Written August 2, 2021
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Stephen C
Ottawa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were 4 seasoned travellers, 3 Germans and a Canadian, in our 70s and 80s. The scope of Alexander Graham Bell's work and scientific experimentation was truly phenomenal. We were also struck by the central role that his wife played in his work. The exhibits were easy to read and presented often with time lines that helped put the exploits into perspective. We also enjoyed the photos and reconstruction of rooms in the house from the period. All in all, an experience not to be missed.
Written September 7, 2022
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Donna S
Bridgewater, Canada210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This Museum is a great place to visit - a good location, lots of free parking, and hundreds of artifacts and displays to view. Alexander Graham Bell was an amazing man, who spent his life improving the lives od others. He was so creative and "driven" to perfect so many inventions, not just the telephone. We are so fortunate he chose Baddeck, NS to build his summer home.
Written October 19, 2020
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Anthony E
Clarksboro83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
In my opinion, this is not worth the trip. The entry fee was reasonable but there is not much of interest here. A large part of the museum is large photo boards which you have to wait in line to read. The video is 15 minutes long and not very interesting. Definitely does not compare to any of the other museums that I have visited. I think the only reason they do much business is becausee there is not much to do in this town.
Written September 6, 2023
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DragonflyHalifax
Bedford, Canada26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A good museum, but small and some of the interactive displays that would have been really fun like the VR racing simulator we’re not open because of Covid. Maybe later in the summer would be better? There was a nice rooftop patio area that made me wish I had brought a picnic lunch. Lots of good artifacts and I liked the sheep!
Written July 5, 2021
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