Visiting Bell Homestead

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.

Please note, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the invention of the telephone, the Bell Homestead National Historic Site is creating a new telephone exhibition gallery. The new gallery will open in July, 2024. With renovations underway, The Henderson Home will be closed for the next few months. A small exhibit of telephones will be available for viewing in our visitor centre during this time.

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.

Tours and admission 

Take a one-hour guided tour of the Bell family home and Canada’s first telephone office. Tours for up to 8 people are given on the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We highly recommend that you pre-book a tour to ensure that you get the date and tour time you prefer. All tours of the historic homes must be guided. Self-tours are not permitted.

Tour admission rates
Adults $11.50
55+ $9.25
Youth (11-17) $8.75
Children (7 to 12) $7.00
Children (4 and under) Free
Pre-booked adult groups of 15 or more (2 weeks advanced booking required) $8.00

Call us or email us to pre-book your tour.

Museum hours

The site is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change without notice. Please call us or email us before your visit to check on specific dates and times.

Exchange Café

The Café will be open May 7 to October 5 from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., serving delicious home baking and hot and cold beverages.

The Exchange Café is fully licensed and serves beer and wine.

Home baking 
  • Apple Dapple cake (house specialty) $6.80
  • Cheese or plain scone served with butter and jam $6.80
  • Date square or brownie $4.55
  • 2 butter tarts $4.55
Ice cream sundaes

Enjoy vanilla, chocolate or strawberry Hewitt's Dairy ice-cream.

  • Ice cream cones $2.00
  • Sundaes $4.55
  • Coffee or tea $2.55
  • Iced tea or lemonade $2.25
  • Sparkling water (various flavours) $2.25
  • Apple juice $2.25
  • 5 oz. house wine (red or white) $8.45
  • Beer (Bell City Brewery selections) $8.45

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