Studio Bell is now open with free admission on weekends courtesy of ATB until the end of 2021.
Explore the home for music in Canada with new exhibits, breathtaking architecture, and pop-up performances.
Visitors are encouraged to consider supporting NMC’s charitable efforts by giving in the following ways:
NMC is a non-governmental, non-profit registered charitable organization that relies on earned revenue and donations to keep sharing and developing Canada’s national music story from our home base in Calgary, Alberta. By supporting NMC’s charitable efforts, you are helping to ensure a sustainable future for National Music Centre and its programs that bring people together through the power and spirit of music.
As we continue to increase capacity and recover from the pandemic, it will not be your typical experience, but there will still be lots to see and do at Studio Bell.
Want a preview of what you can experience in person? In celebration of Studio Bell's five-year anniversary, explore an immersive, 360-degree virtual tour. The tour brings our exhibitions and stunning architecture to online audiences, giving music fans from around the world the chance to enjoy the National Music Centre experience. Take a tour at studiobell.ca/virtual-tour.
Studio Bell is the first national cultural institution dedicated to celebrating music in Canada in all of its forms. The 160,000-square-foot building designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture is composed of nine subtly curved interlocking towers clad in glazed terra cotta. And, it sounds as good as it looks! Referencing the design of musical instruments, the facility’s open spaces resonate with the sounds of music and activity, drawing visitors up through five floors of acoustically and visually distinct exhibition, performance, and gallery spaces.
At Studio Bell, we celebrate the stories of music in Canada through artifacts and rare instruments. Please help protect our collection, yourself, and others by following these important museum rules:
Our Lost and Found is located on Level One at the Security office.
Are masks required inside Studio Bell? As of September 4, masks will be mandatory inside Studio Bell. All visitors will be required to mask up in accordance with the Government of Alberta’s recent announcement. Let’s stay safe, and rock on!
How long will it take to move through the building with the limited experience? We estimate two hours or less. We ask guests to stay no more than two hours to prevent crowding.
Are food and beverages available for purchase? The NMC Gift Shop & Café will be open, offering grab-and-go snacks and drinks, and fresh pastries and salads. Please note: Food and beverages cannot be consumed in the museum. Grab a bite on your way in or exit through the gift shop and grab something on your way out. You can also bring your own water bottle.
Is the Lost & Found operational? Lost & Found is still available with safety measures in place.
Is the gift shop open? Yes. After your visit, be sure to stop into the NMC Gift Shop & Café. Shop for exclusive NMC merchandise, find your new favourite book, or find a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone in your life. Please note: The NMC Gift Shop & Café is accessible from inside Studio Bell’s lobby. The 4 Street door will be used for exiting only.