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Our Collection

The National Music Centre Collection

No other place tells the stories of music in Canada quite like this.

Spanning over 450 years of music history and innovation, NMC’s collection is comprised of more than 2,000 pieces that help tell the stories of music in Canada. Our collection is the foundation for many programs offered at Studio Bell, and provides artists and visitors with unprecedented access to music history and technology. 

Many unique pieces from the collection can be found on display throughout Studio Bell, while our “living” collection provides visiting artists and artists in residence with access to more than 200 fully functional historic instruments maintained by NMC’s in-house technicians.

Learn About Our Living Collection


Online Collection

Our online collection features more than 150 of NMC’s most popular artifacts—from instruments and one-of-a-kind electronics, to memorabilia and interviews with renowned Canadian musicians. Browse by category, time period, artist or institution, or register to create your own digital Collection Sets for quick access and sharing. 

With new pieces added every year, our goal is to preserve and celebrate Canada’s musical heritage. 

Explore the Collection Online