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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Learning Experiences

Learning Activities

At Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site you can explore the amazing worlds of a life that has touched all of us. Here you can discover how air and water captured Bell's imagination and find out how he bridged the world between sound and silence by teaching the deaf people to speak.

Interpretation Programs

View films, artifacts and photographs to see how ideas led Bell to create man-carrying kites, airplanes and a marine record-setting hydrofoil boat.

Regular interpretation programs, in the May to October period, include White Glove Tours, guided tours, children's dress-up tours, slide shows, kite making, experiments and more.

For more detailed information on our programs, please click on the Activities link.

The Site

Hydrofoil HD-4
HD-4 Hydrofoil

The story of Alexander Graham Bell is presented in three main exhibit halls. The reception and orientation hall serves, as an introduction to the site.  Bell family photographs are displayed in a huge wall-mounted photograph album, and a timeline puts Bell's life events in context with other historical happenings.  Children will enjoy the toys, books, and interactive activities in the "Discover" area.

A gallery passageway called "Sound and Silence" tells the story of Dr. Bell's work teaching deaf people to speak and follows his life from his birth in Scotland to his arrival in Baddeck in 1885.

In "Ideas", display cases filled with artifacts illustrate the incredible range of Dr. Bell's ideas.  Audio-visual presentations throughout the hall complement the exhibits, providing further information on Bell's inventions and accomplishments.

The final exhibit area features a replica of the Silver Dart - an airplane created by Bell and his associates in the Aerial Experiment Association.  The original Silver Dart made the first powered controlled airplane flight in Canada in 1909.  The Silver Dart now on display flew in 2009 to mark the 100th anniversary of this first flight.  Also in this exhibit hall, the story of Bell's and Casey Baldwin's experiments with hydrofoil craft, culminating in the success of the HD-4, the fastest boat in the world in 1919.  The original HD-4 is preserved here adjacent to a full-sized reproduction of the craft. 

Parks Canada is pleased to be working with the Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association to present a new exhibit featuring information on the UNESCO designated Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere.  The people, wildlife, economy and environment of the Bras d'Or Lake watershed area are explored using maps and exhibits.

Other Resources

The large archival collection is available to the public for research purposes, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment.