Guided Tours

Explore the Top Ten Hits of NMC's collection and Studio Bell's impressive architecture.


Youth (ages 3 - 12)$12
NMC MembersFree*

Ticket prices include a guided tour and same-day general admission to Studio Bell.

*NMC Members must go to front desk to receive their free ticket(s). 

Tour Times & General Info

Guided Tours are offered on Wednesday to Friday at 2:00 pm and  Weekends at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Tours are one-hour in length and recommended for those ages 12 and up. Spots are limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour.

Private Guided Tours

Private guided tours are $125.00 plus the cost of admission for each member of your party.

To book now, click here.

About the Guided Tours

Explore the Top Ten Hits of NMC's collection and Studio Bell's impressive architecture. Go Behind the Glass with amplified live interpretation and see NMC's collection come to life.

Guided Tours Highlights:

The King Eddy Hotel: Built in 1905 along “whiskey row” the King Eddy became Calgary’s most celebrated blues bar during the 1970's, 80's, and 90's. The building was condemned in 2004 but has since been restored to its original glory by NMC and reopened as a restaurant and live music venue in 2018.

CKUA Microphone: The CKUA Radio Network signed on November 21st, 1927, with a 500-watt signal. Today CKUA radio is a partner of NMC and their Calgary broadcasting studio is located across the street behind the King Eddy.

Kimball Theatre Organ: This 64-foot-long theatre organ was used during the silent movie era of the 1920s and 30s. This one-man marching band makes a big sound — check with the front desk for daily demonstration times.

Theremin: Invented in 1919 by Russian physicist Lev Termin, approximately 500 units were commercially produced in the 1920s and only about half of these remain today.

Elton John Piano: Elton John wrote his first five albums, including the hits “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man” on this piano and it features inscriptions by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Couchet Harpsichord: The Couchets were a family of exceptional harpsichord builders in the 1600s and this is the only harpsichord in the world with a lid painting by the famous Antwerp painter Jan Brueghel the Younger.

Rush “Hockey Night in Canada” drum set : Custom-built for Neil Peart of the band Rush, this iconic drum kit was used for his rendition of the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme. A truly Canadian piece of memorabilia, the design incorporates centre ice and 30 NHL logos.

Mellotron: The Mellotron was a keyboard instrument that used pre-recorded sound samples from magnetic tapes. This is a one-of-a-kind version of the most common model the M400, used in recordings like Strawberry Fields Forever, Space Oddity and Stairway to Heaven.

Deadmau5 cheese mau5head: A fan of the famous DJ designed this “cheese head”, which went on to wear at concerts and on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2012.

Solar Drones: The “solar drones” are a series of resonating vessels suspended from the ceiling. Controlled by solar cells on the roof, they resonate depending on the intensity of light.