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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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AWESOME!! BUT ALSO DEVASTATING!!

Devastating meaning---with the recognition of all our Canadian artists and Icons, where is our Canadian from Montreal---having an international success for over 35 years----MR... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
alan a
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calgary
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calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Devastating meaning---with the recognition of all our Canadian artists and Icons, where is our Canadian from Montreal---having an international success for over 35 years----MR. GINO VANNELLI??? Having now played all over the world--having had several International hits-- having represented CANADA so well at all of his concerts-----AND being on location in YYC many times, and there is not one single... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pre-paid parking is available on the street or in lots nearby. Three hours is a good amount of time to explore the whole place. Everybody interested in music would enjoy this museum. I'm only mildly interested but I really enjoyed the uniqueness of the building's architecture ( it's as amazing as the Sydney Opera House in Australia ). They offer... More 

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Thank AlbertaNeelie
Calgary, AB Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If stunning architecture is your thing, be sure to visit. While there you will be impressed with the history of Canadian musicians. The hands on section allows the wanna be to come out...whether it us playing an acoustical guitar or singing in the sound room, this interactive section is educational and fun. Be sure to artive in time fior a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Studio Bell is the recently opened home for the National Music Centre. It is located in Calgary’s East Village which is a short walk from other city attractions. Studio Bell’s edgy & absolutely stunning architecture houses musical artifacts and interactive exhibits or “stages”. There are five floors to cover and learn about different musical instruments and their connection to the... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hiking down the street recently towards Studio Bell and the old King Edward Hotel on the corner of 9th Ave. and 4th Street on a mild Sunday November afternoon, my husband and I reminisced about other weekend afternoons back in the 1980's when we used to enjoy good music "on the bad side of town". "Yep, no bikers hanging out... More 

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Thank Maureen K
Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We expected more performance centre and were surprised to find it mostly museum. As a museum, it is pretty good. The architecture is the real star here, with beautiful, lyrical curves and unexpected sight lines. There are many unusual instruments here which would be of interest to true music buffs and a nice range of artifacts from Canada's musical elite.... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at Studio Bell & were particularly impressed with the spectacular architecture. There are some very good exhibits but also lots of space, which is not particularly well used. However, it's clearly preferable to have room to expand & improve rather than to lack space like so many museums. The building was relatively empty when... More 

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CALGARY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

A newly opened national treasure. Be sure to leave at least a half day to tour the museum and then take a short walk north to the Simmons for a coffee and something special.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We enjoyed a couple of hours roaming around Studio Bell. What a beautiful building, so creatively built. Take the elevator up to the 5th floor and meander downwards taking in all of the views and angles in this building. The displays on each floor are excellent. You don't realize how rich our Canadian music world is until you see these... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Wow. Just wow. I had no idea what to expect. I had just seen the place from the outside and it looked spectacular so I convinced a friend to go with me to see the inside. I had actually thought it was a set of performance venues. But I found out it is a huge multi function venue with some... More 

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StudioBell, Visitor Services at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for visiting! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour; the tour guides are one of our best assets at Studio Bell. Happy to hear you were able to take part in some of our interactive exhibits as well. Hope to see you again! Beth Visitor Services More 

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