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Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

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Address: 850 4 Street SE | East Village, Calgary, Alberta T2G 1R1, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 403-543-5115
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada,...

Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, celebrate music icons at the Canadian Halls of Fame, rock out with our interactive instrument installations and sing along in our vocal booths! Everyone is welcome to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

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Worth the visit

This place is not only a stunning venue, you learn a ton too! Be sure to check out the organ demo while you're there!

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Toronto, ON
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Calgary
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thie National Music Centre is an impressive work in progress for Music lovers everywhere! Five floors of music technology & Exhibitions of famous Canadian Artists. Be sure to check out their website at studiobell.ca to check their calendar for all up & coming events and to see everything they offer!

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Thank debbiedoeseurope
Toronto, ON
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is not only a stunning venue, you learn a ton too! Be sure to check out the organ demo while you're there!

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Thank lnutting
Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is perhaps one of the coolest museum-type spaces I've ever been in. I was there for a special event that had a lot of performances in different areas of the centre, again a really cool use of space. The exhibits are really cool and interactive - controlling sound with your body, learning to play different instruments, mixing existing tracks,... More 

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Thank timlucier
Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is brand spanking new and really great. From the amazing variety of curved walls and intertwining spaces, to the kids running around exploring music, or is very interesting. You never know what comes up as there was a rap competition happening when I visited for a few minutes. Old and new architecture and significant historical music pieces from... More 

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Thank Todd C
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is more than just a museum. I love the interactive aspect of it - soundproof booths to sing, various instruments that you can play, performances, games, and everything is presented so well and in so much color. The guide was very knowledgeable and passionate. Make sure not to miss the performance on the Kimball Theatre Organ! Worth every dollar.

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Thank jeane_grey
Regina, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This building houses everything musical...halls of fame, performance and teaching areas...way too much to describe in a few words...and a great coffee shop on the street level floor. The National Music Centre is built over and around the old King Eddy...one of western Canada's primo blues entertainment venues. If you love music...especially Canadian music and those who perform it, this... More 

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Thank nixonreaganbush
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great new museum. Fun exhibits, good performances and really interesting for anyone who likes music.

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Thank Alyssa S
Smithers, B.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Well worth a few hours to tour the collection. There are special events I am sorry to miss. I enjoyed the interactive exhibits and especially enjoyed the demonstration of the old wind-powered pipe and special effects theatre organ. Immaculate washrooms. Pricey coffee shop.

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Thank RonTSmithers_B_C_
Calgary
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a beautiful building to visit as you appreciate everything that is music. Loved the demonstrations and have a great deal of fun in the sound booths. A must see for visitors and locals alike.

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Thank kathleensU3630AV
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

I took my 25 students to Studio Bell and we all had a blast. The place is stunning, brand new and very informative. We learned a lot about the Canadian music culture, we were able to experiment making music with instruments and technology. It was a fun and instructional day! I will be back with my own kids!

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