Visiting Bell Homestead

Bell Homestead National Historic Site

Please note that Bell Homestead is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Continue to watch for updates as they occur. Thank you.

We invite you to visit the Brantford home where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone on July 26, 1874. Here you will see how the Bell family lived and worked. You will learn about how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and see how the telephone has changed since then. Learn more Bell Homestead history. We have accessible and bus parking and indoor washroom facilities.

We'd like to thank our generous supporters Bell CanadaMinistry of Culture Tourism and Sport and the County of Brant

What we offer

We have a wide variety of options to enjoy when you visit us! Learn more below.

Tour admission 

Guided tours are 45 to 60 minutes long. Prices below are in effect as of January 2020.

Tour admission rates
Adults $8.00
Seniors (65 years and over) $7.00
Students (13 years and over) $7.00
Children (7 to 12) $5.00
Children (6 and under) Free
Pre-booked adult groups of 15 or more (2 weeks advanced booking required) $6.00

Museum hours

The Homestead is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The last tour of the day is at 3:45 p.m. Hours are subject to change without notice. Please call or email us before your visit to check on specific dates and times.

Exchange cafe

Stop in for a sweet treat from May to October. Enjoy home-baked desserts, ice-cream, apple dapple cake, tea and coffee and more! Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Exchange Cafe is fully licensed and serves beer and wine. Lunches are no longer served. 

The phone booth museum store

Located in our visitor centre, our museum store sells Homestead souvenirs, telephones, books, posters and vintage items.


We are closed during the following holidays. Please watch for added dates due to special bookings throughout the year.

  • Mondays
  • Tuesday after Family Day
  • Easter weekend
  • Canada Day
  • Thanksgiving weekend
  • Remembrance Day; and
  • The week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day