Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 experiment in Soundbox– a music workshop! Everyone is welcome to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.
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Charles B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Went on family day with our 2 kids, we were all excited for the acoustic experience and getting to interact with instruments, how disappointed we were. Each exhibition room was a plain space with mostly visual information (and not greatly displayed), not great for a music center. The audio experiences are mostly limited to "put some headphones on", we could get more interesting and exciting information on youtube. There was a couple of instruments you could touch and interact with but not worth the hype. The organ demonstration was fun, but that's about it. Overall, it feels like a 1980s exhibits in a warehouse with a lot of small rooms, I'm not sure why such a big pretentious building for such a poor audio experience.
Written 26 February 2024
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Michael M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Was a return visit and it holds up as my favorite music museum. International superstars are interspersed with Canadian stars this American isn’t familiar with. Very interactive; I could have spent all day learning guitar from Randy Bachmann video and playing with other instruments. Nice performance space for shows. A real gem
Written 27 January 2024
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B411
London, Canada41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is an amazing museum, not just an amazing Calgary museum. Studio Bell is one of the best designed and most interactive museums I have been to anywhere, Canada or otherwise. And it isn't just about Canadian music history. There are tons of hands-on exhibits that teach you about the science and history of musical instruments. The placards are easy to read and understand and the exhibits are designed to appeal to all ages from kids to senior citizens, music aficionados to the average person who listens to the radio once in a while. I will definitely be back and put studio Bell on my list of Calgary to-dos for friends and family who come to visit.
Written 11 November 2023
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LadyN516
Atlanta, GA95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
While I am a huge music buff, I know next to nothing about Canadian music so I wasn't sure what to expect when I decided to visit. But I am so glad I did. I spent well over 3 hours exploring this museum (and found out I actually do know a lot of Canadian music artists- i just never realized they were Canadian lol). Lots to see, do and learn. Highly recommend if you're in Calgary!
Written 14 September 2023
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Travelwaves
Annapolis, MD255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The best place to go in Calgary, perhaps the best music museum I ever visited! Six floors about Canadian musicians, their stories, their instruments, especially guitars. Also studies about music and memory and mental health and involvement in trying guitar playing.
Written 7 August 2023
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Dear Travelw..., We appreciate you leaving such a wonderful review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed our museum, experiencing Music and Wellness and the interactives! All the best, Visitor Experience
Written 8 August 2023
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HT01
Lightwater, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are 5 floors covering Canadian contemporary music. It goes thru the main and lesser know artists, but is also highly interactive as you can use the instruments. It takes a couple of hours to go around. There is currently a great exhibition of Nickelback.
The restaurant could be more extensive but there is more down the road. If there is any criticism it's not about the museum but the roigh SE area it is located in. It's obviously a regeneration project but the police need to clean up the hobos and druggies in the area to make it safer and more appealing.
Written 2 August 2023
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sarahQ238DZ
Calgary, Canada7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is located in a very bad area of town which is best avoided. I was truly shocked to see how bad it is there now post Covid and I would be mortified if I had recommended it to visitors. It is overrun by clearly intoxicated individuals who appear to camp in the area. In addition the city has made the area virtually inaccessible by car with bike lanes (and the facility provides no parking). But you could never bike there because your bike would be stolen in an instant. It wouldn’t be safe to walk from the train station either. Disappointing and sad.
Written 4 July 2023
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Arlene Q
Perth, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This experience is unique and the building is amazing. I paid for the tour and it was well worth the extra. The organs recital at 12 with the old theatre organ sours you into the air and was quite a highlight. You can touch and play some and learn more of their history with the interactive screens. If you like Nickelback there is a whole room.
Written 29 April 2023
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Eddie T
Calgary, Canada96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
One of the most recent additions to the museum scene in Calgary, this museum in itself is outstanding not only because it is home to the National Music Centre (including the Canadian music hall of fame) but also because of its remarkable architecture. This uniquely shaped building should surely be considered one of Calgary's iconic landmarks, right on par with the Calgary Tower or the Peace Bridge.

The displays are very modern and interactive. Children and adults alike can enjoy activities inside the museum, such as trying out musical instruments, making music with motion, and watching short films highlighting the provinces of Canada and famous musicians and musical styles hailing from each one.

Since the museum is conveniently located at the edge of the East Village, very close to the c-train line and the river walk, a visit can be easily accommodated when visiting that area of the city.
Written 15 November 2022
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Hi Eddie, Thank you for an absolutely stunning review! Did you know that Studio Bell's architecture is inspired by both parts Canadian landscape and musical instruments? Next time you visit, we definitely recommend you take part in the Behind-the-Glass tour to learn more about our collection and our architecture! Thank you, Studio Bell
Written 12 January 2023
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387StuM
Ottawa, Canada113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
A wonderful collection of sounds and instrument from Canada’s music past. Wander for hours reading and listening about your favorites
I also enjoyed the fantastic architecture or the building
Written 26 September 2022
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Dear 387StuM, We appreciate you leaving such a wonderful review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed learning about Canada's music story! We hope next time you will be able to take in some of our programming like Canadiana Jam-Along or our ongoing HealthSong series! All the best, Visitor Experience
Written 27 October 2022
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