Bellevue House is the only National Historic Site that interprets the life and legacy of Canadas first Prime Minister. Since 2017, Bellevue House has been on a journey to better understand and present more complex facets of Sir John A. Macdonald and Canada’s history. Exhibits and programming now bring stories that have not been told broadly or historically taught at school to the forefront. but they are intimately and traumatically understood by Indigenous people and other marginalized groups across the country. This learning journey has resulted in, and continues to be, an evolution of the site.
Today, we are engaging to include many perspectives and voices that were otherwise missing related to Macdonald’s legacy. While we can’t cover all aspects and every story, we focus in on some key, and significant achievements of Canada’s first Prime Minister sitting along side the significant, and sometimes devastating, intergenerational impacts of those same achievements for many of today’s indigenous and marginalized communities.
Now that the extensive restoration work to the historic house has been completed, a new interpretation plan is finalized and new exhibits for the historic house are underway, preparing reopen to the public in 2023.