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Studio Bell Reopening with Free Admission
Studio Bell Reopening with Free Admission

The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce it will reopen Studio Bell on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Studio Bell will remain open every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, operating at reduced capacity until further notice.

Admission will be free by reservation courtesy of Bell for the first four weekends from August 15 to September 6. Beginning September 12, admission will be offered at a reduced rate, which must also be reserved in advance, for the remainder of 2020. Reserve your ticket at studiobell.ca/general-admission.

It will not be your typical experience, but there will still be lots to see and do at Studio Bell. Explore the story of music in Canada through a self-guided CanCon tour, or catch pop-up, socially-distanced instrument show-and-tells and science and sound demos. Guests will also be able to see musical instruments and memorabilia from the most recent 2020 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Jann Arden; and enjoy breathtaking architecture (photos are encouraged, but please wear your face mask at all times while in the building).


Please note: Masks are Mandatory

Masks are mandatory as per the City of Calgary’s mask bylaw that requires the public to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces. If you don't wear a mask you won't be permitted to enter Studio Bell.


Important Information for Visitors

Please read below:

Timed Tickets Required in Advance

Timed tickets are required for all visitors, including NMC Members. This is a new process to keep everyone safely physically distanced. Thank you for adhering to it, and kindness to staff on entry is essential.

Online timed tickets are required before you visit. Tickets will not be sold onsite. Tickets are available online on a first come first served basis. Everyong, including NMC Members are required to reserve their online tickets here.

First Four Weekends Free with Timed Tickets

The first four weekends of Studio Bell's reopening, from August 15 to September 6, are free courtesy of Bell, but tickets must be reserved in advance here. You will not be admitted without a timed ticket.

Museum Rules

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:

  • Do not visit Studio Bell if you are exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.
  • Mask up! The City of Calgary’s mask bylaw requires the public to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces. Entry will not be permitted to those without a face mask.
  • Make use of the hand sanitizer stations and handwashing facilities located throughout Studio Bell.
  • Practice social distancing, continue to move through the building, and avoid crowding around exhibits.
  • Follow all posted directional or instructional signage.
  • No smoking or vaping
  • No food or beverages (except for bottled water)
  • No pets—only licensed service animals are permitted
  • No flash photography or tripods
  • No touching exhibitions, cases, or artifacts

Safety at Studio Bell

NMC will adhere to all Alberta Health Services guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Masks will also be mandatory as per the City of Calgary’s mask bylaw that requires the public to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces. Thank you for your kindness and respect to our staff as we try to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.

You are not to enter Studio Bell if:

  • You aren't wearing a mask or proper face covering as per the City of Calgary bylaw.
  • You're ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID -19. These include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, and/or others listed on Alberta Health Services website here.
  • You've been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You or someone in your household has traveled internationally in the past 14 days.

You will be asked to follow all Alberta Health Services guidelines while inside Studio Bell:

  • Practice physical distancing: keep two metres between your household and others.
  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Masks are mandatory as per the City of Calgary’s mask bylaw that requires the public to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces.

The following onsite amenities will be available:

  • Washrooms will be open, with increased cleaning protocols in place.
  • Hand sanitization stations will be located at Studio Bell’s entry and throughout the building. Please use them.

The following will be unavailable until further notice as we support a safe experience for all:

  • Rosso Coffee Roasters
  • Water fountains

For more visitor information click here.