The Bell Homestead National Historic Site has been awarded a grant from the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage through the Museums Assistance Program – Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations.
The grant, in the amount of $27, 921, will provide support to the historical museum which suffered a loss of revenue after a five-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Prior to the pandemic, Bell Homestead had not closed its doors entirely since opening day in 1910,” said Brian Wood, Curator, Bell Homestead National Historic Site. “We are extremely grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support so we can continue to offer exciting programming to our community and visitors from around the world.”
Museums across Canada, along with the Bell Homestead, were significantly impacted financially by the provincial wide shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors were no longer permitted to visit the home where Alexander Graham Bell made his discovery that lead to his most famous invention, the telephone, during their busiest season. The grant will assist in offsetting admission and program revenue losses.