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“Stuff you never knew”

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Baddeck
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is a slightly old, well laid out trip through Bell's time in Baddeck, and it's fascinating for all the things you didn't know about him, and for a glimpse into the past. A great family stop.

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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Lots of information about Alexander Bell, needed more time to see and explore the museum.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Well done on his life and accomplishments. Itis walking distance from our hotel auberge Gisele's.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is my second visit to this wonderful historic site but, to be fair, I should mention that on this occasion I was the guest of Parks Canada as a participant and speaker for a free public program entitled "Kites to Flight."

If you don't already know that the story of Alexander Graham Bell involves a lot more than just the invention of the telephone, that alone should be a reason to visit. Do you know about Bell's exploration of a vast array of subjects on his nearby estate, Beinn Bhreagh? Do you know about Bell's experiments with kites that ultimately lead to the first manned heavier-than-air flight in Canada and the Commonwealth, out on a frozen Baddeck Bay? Do you know the story of Bell and hydrofoil boats? Here's the place to find out.

Of course, as an invited guest, you might question my objectivity when I tell you about how fantastic and knowledgeable the staff of "Heritage Presenters" are, after all, you might assume, I received some special treatment, right? Well, here's a little secret, this is one historic site where you get some hands on behind-the-scenes experience too. Yes, there are display cases with all sorts of documented items just like any other museum but at the A. G. Bell National Historic Site you can also literally 'touch' the past. The "White Glove Tours" not only take you into the backroom museum archives, you also get to personally examine the items you encounter. That little notebook you're thumbing through is no reproduction, it's Alexander Graham Bell's very own, in his handwriting, with his thoughts and notes and sketches right there in you hands.

While the exhibits and activities are all of a high caliber and many are certainly hands-on: visitors of all ages can both learn about and build their very own Bell tetrahedral kite, there is still some intangible special connection to history when you actually, literally get to touch it. Do yourself a favor, don't miss it!

3  Thank Kiteology
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

I found the museum interesting, but I would not do a special trip if I was in the area just for it. The museum is well organized, the staff is great. But there is not much beside all artifacts Bell had while in Baddeck. You will see the HD4 which is huge and learn about his life. Not much about the telephone, just enough to know he did invent it :)
If you take the 105, you could stop there for a break. The price for a family is more than what I would pay, but if you have The Canada Park passport then it is free. (I recommend taking it, especially if you do parks in Nova Scotia and PEI). If you are in Sydney or Halifax, I would not recommend going to Baddeck just for the museum unless you are a fan of Bell.
PS: Kids can play with Kites outside and you have a Private White Glove visit for 5CAD more.

Thank xtof44
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