Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Cultural Heritage Centre
559 Chebucto St, Baddeck, NS, Canada
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Get a rare glimpse into the extraordinary heart and mind of a world-famous inventor whose genius helped shape the modern world. Pull the curtain back on Alexander Graham Bell’s interests and inventions, spanning airplanes and kites, to deaf education and artificial respiration. Feel his legacy come to life as you explore remarkable artifacts, photos and full-scale replicas that mark his masterful career as an engineer, inventor, scientist and humanitarian.

Discover more through the story of Mabel Hubbard Bell, Alec’s wife and partner in innovation. Deaf from a young age, Mabel became an advocate and community leader, and provided Bell with business and financial guidance throughout his career as an inventor and scientist. She personally financed the Aviation Experiment Association and while living in Cape Breton, Mabel helped establish the Young Ladies’ Club of Baddeck in 1891, as well as the first Montessori classes, and the earliest home and school association in Canada. Today, she is recognized as a National Historic Person.

This historic site sits in the traditional and unceded territory of L’nu, also known as the Mi’kmaq. The Bells fell in love with the natural beauty of the island first known as Unama’ki, and their story is interwoven with that of the many settlers and cultures that continue to thrive here today.



  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

  • Bell’s HD-4 Hydrofoil broke the world marine speed record in 1919. Historic images of this amazing watercraft whizzing through Baddeck Bay as well as a full-scale replica can be viewed in the museum.
  • This historic site sits within the Bras d’Or Lake UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Check out the stunning views from the museum’s rooftop patio while relaxing in signature Parks Canada Red Chairs.
  • Bell invented the tetrahedral kite, and experimented with the shape while working towards his goal of powered flight. You can see examples of these amazing designs throughout the museum. The exterior architecture of the building is also inspired by this unique shape.


559 Chebucto St, Baddeck, NS, Canada
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