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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada

Activities

White Glove Tour

On a sprawling stretch of land overlooking Baddeck Bay on the Bras d’Or Lakes, discover the life and work of a modern day genius. Tour the mind of inventor Alexander Graham Bell though the world’s largest collection of mementos, photos and models. See a full-scale replica of the the famous Silver Dart and a model HD-4 Hydrofoil craft. Hold Bell’s walking stick and personal notebook on an extraordinary behind-the-scenes tour. Kids can play dress-up, fly kites, and enjoy a lakeside picnic.


Featured Activities

The Bells of Baddeck 

The Bells of Baddeck: A Music-Drama
Surrounded by Bell's inventions and personal artifacts you'll hear Canada's finest singing talent perform at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in beautiful Baddeck, Nova Scotia. We'll put a song in your heart, a skip in your step, and a wee tear in the eye!

White Glove Tour 
White Glove Tour
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes discovery on a White Glove Tour where you’ll tour the mind of a genius, with a hands-on exploration of Alexander Graham Bell's personal mementos, models and inventions.
The Measure of a Man 

The Measure of a Man
On a tour guided by knowledgeable, passionate heritage interpreters, discover the boundless interests of Alexander Graham Bell and meet the personal and professional influences who shaped the mind of this modern day genius.

Put Yourself in the Picture – Guided Children’s Dress-up Tour 
Put Yourself in the Picture– Guided Children’s Dress-up Tour
Enjoy a fun dress-up tour for children who will travel back in time a century and more, living as pilots, inventors, and teachers!
Come Fly a Kite 
Come Fly a Kite!
Create and decorate a kite that’s yours to keep. In the wide open space, come decorate and fly a kite as you invent and imagine, just as Alexander Graham Bell did.

 

 

 

 


More Activities

Click here to download our 2015 Activity Guide, Where Inventions Take Flight (PDF, 5.6 mb).

  • The Bell Family Album - A presentation in photographs
    Enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Alexander and Mabel Bell through a big-screen presentation of their stories in photographs.
  • Alec and I
    Discover the important role that Mabel played in Alexander’s work through this multi-media presentation featuring artifacts and photographs from their time together.
  • Tetrahedral Kite Workshop
    Build and decorate a four-celled tetrahedral kite, similar to those Bell used in his flight experiments. A great workshop for teens and families!
  • Experiments
    Do you have a curious mind like Alexander Graham Bell? Come and try some of his experiments!
  • Parks Canada Xplorers
    Catch the wind, design a kite like Alec’s, try out a rotary dial telephone, check out Alec’s no phone zone and taking hand and later on, have fun with our take-away word puzzles.

Note: Programs may also be offered on demand - every effort will be made to accommodate curious visitors!  Please call ahead for further information.


The Bells of Baddeck

The Bells of Baddeck: A Music-Drama

From kites and flights to schools and libraries, Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell changed the world. Deaf from childhood, Mabel never heard the ring of the telephone nor the roar of the Silver Dart, but she became one of the century’s most influential advocates for women, children, the arts, and science. Overlooking Baddeck Bay they found repose from the hectic life that followed the invention of the telephone. Here, in a new music-drama by Lorna MacDonald and composer Dean Burry, The Bells of Baddeck tells the story of the great inventor and his wife who came to Cape Breton from Washington and fell in love with the people, music, and Gaelic charm. Surrounded by Bell's inventions and personal artifacts you'll hear Canada's finest singing talent perform at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in beautiful Baddeck, Nova Scotia. We'll put a song in your heart, a skip in your step, and a wee tear in the eye!

July 3 - August 2, 2015

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Visit BellsofBaddeck.com for more information.

All shows in English, at 7:30 p.m. 
July 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11,14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31; August 1, 2


White Glove Tour

White Glove Tour

With a passionate guide leading your journey, the White Glove Tour is an intimate, personal glimpse of a public genius. On this unique, behind-the-scenes tour you’ll hold Alexander Graham Bell's personal mementos and models. Together, your small group will enter “The Parlour” and examine Bell’s comfort items: his favourite jacket, walking stick and personal notebook. You’ll follow the love story between "Alec" and Mabel Bell, the woman for whom the telephone was invented. In "The Workshop" see how Bell put everyday items to extraordinary use. Examine his vacuum jacket (forerunner to the iron lung), model kites and hydrofoils. As more collection areas are opened, each visit promises a one-of-a-kind discovery.

Duration: 30 minutes
$7.30 per person
English (daily):
June, 4:00 p.m.
July and August, 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
September and October 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

French:
July and August, daily, 9:30 a.m.
June, September and October, on request


Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man - Tour

With curiosity and deep compassion, Alexander Graham Bell built the Silver Dart along with the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA), worked in deaf education, and even forged an iron lung. Share the excitement as your heritage guide introduces you to Bell's work and greatest influences along the way. You’ll learn that not only was Bell’s mother deaf, so was the woman who would become his wife, Mabel (Hubbard) Bell. She piloted his HD-4 hydrofoil watercraft, untroubled by the noisy engines! You’ll also meet influential members of the AEA: Casey Baldwin, J.A.D. McCurdy, Thomas Selfridge and Glenn Curtiss. You’ll get an in-depth sense of Bell’s relationship with his family and Mabel, the love of his life. As you visit exhibits on sound and silence, on inventions and experiments, and see a full-scale replica of the Silver Dart and the HD-4 Hydrofoil, you’ll take the full measure of the man through the people who opened his heart and mind to discovery.

Daily; duration: 30 minutes
$3.90 per person
English:
June, 2:00 p.m.
July and August, 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
September and October, 11:15 a.m., 4:00 p.m.

French:
June, 2:30 p.m.
July and August, 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
September and October, 3:15 p.m.


Come Fly a Kite!

Come Fly a Kite!

Take part in one of Bell’s great passions as you create your own kite, decorate it, and fly it on the grounds as part of our exciting kite-making program. You’ll discover the role kites played in Bell's own experiments with flight, and learn about his giant tetrahedral (a three-dimensional kite) built in 1904. On Bell’s honeymoon, he told his wife Mabel that he dreamed of flying machines with telephones attached. He even hoped to develop a kite large enough to carry a man. So come out and marvel at your creation across the sky dotted with kites. It’s a sight to behold.

Duration: 30 minutes
$2.40 per person
English and French:
July and August, daily, 2:15 p.m.
September and October, weekends, 2:15 p.m.


Put Yourself in the Picture

Put Yourself in the Picture - Children's Tour

Who would you like to be today? A lieutenant? A pilot? An inventor? A teacher? Kids will love the chance to re-create history as they become featured players in the story of Alexander Graham Bell’s life. Children will transform into character on an interactive tour where they learn Bell’s incredible gifts of science, invention and imagination. So whose adventure will you follow? There’s Canadian aviation pioneer, Douglas McCurdy who flew the Silver Dart at Baddeck in 1909. Or graceful Mabel Bell, the love of “Alec’s” life and an advocate for women’s equality in science and teaching. The tour places kids right in the centre of the story. As they journey through the museum, kids will pick up details of their character's life and accomplishments, connecting them to the Bell story in their own, personal way. So who wants to be world-famous Alexander Graham Bell this time?

Duration: 45 minutes
$3.90 per person
English (daily): July and August, 11:15 a.m.
French: July and August, on request


The Bell Family Album – A Presentation in Photographs

This family of photographers has gifted us with a legacy of images that illustrate stories about the Bells’ lives at home and at work. Narrated by a member of our guide staff; come see these photos on the big screen!

Duration: 30 minutes
$2.40 per person
English (daily):
June, 3:15 p.m.
July and August, 10:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
September and October, 9:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m.

French:
July and August, 11 a.m.
June, September and October, on request


Alec and I

Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell stood side by side, meeting the trials and tribulations of their lives together. Mabel’s hearing loss brought her to deaf educator Alexander, and the rest is history. Led by a guide, you’ll discover their story in this multi-media presentation featuring artifacts and photographs from their time together.

Duration: 45 minutes
$7.30 per person
English (daily):
July and August, 1:15 p.m.
September and October, 2:00 p.m.

French:
July to October, on request


Tetrahedral Kite Workshop

The tetrahedral kite program is designed for teens, adults, and family groups of up to four people. Build a four-celled tetrahedral kite similar to the ones Alexander Graham Bell built and flew while working toward his goal of achieving powered flight. Although the materials are simple, the design is fairly complex, adding to the fun. Participants in this workshop will learn how and why Bell used this particular kite design, and will leave with a kite of their own.

Duration: 45 minutes
$9.60 per kite
English and French:
July and August, daily, 4:00 p.m.
September and October, weekends, 3:45 p.m.


Experiments

Can water go uphill? Find out in our experiment program and help us perform simple experiments like those Dr. Bell did with his grandchildren.

Daily; duration: 20 minutes
Free
English and French:
July and August, 10:30 a.m.

Also try out some fun experiments at home!


Parks Canada Xplorers

Parks Canada Xplorers

Catch the wind, design a kite like Alec's, try out a rotary dial telephone, check out Alec's no phone zone and talking hand and, when you get home, make a batch of his bubbly brew – Xplore his fun and awesome ideas. Complete four of the activities and earn a memento of your visit! 

A great way for kids ages 6-11 to explore Canada's natural and historic treasures. For further information, visit Parks Canada Xplorers.