Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), opened on July 1, Canada Day, 2016. More than a museum, this 160,000 square-foot international hub for music in Canada features five floors of exhibitions, three Canadian music halls of fame, and multiple performance spaces where visitors can see live music and special events.
Snap photos of the building’s stunning, award-winning architecture inspired by instrument cases and the Western Canadian landscape. Or rock out to interactive activities that allow you to play the guitar, bang the drums, mix a track, or sing along in a vocal booth. Admission includes daily tours and demos on the famed Kimball Theatre Organ. New temporary exhibitions celebrating Canadian icons open quarterly. Weekly concerts are held at the restored, legendary King Eddy live music venue, bar and restaurant, showcasing a menu of Southern soul food-inspired classics.
Special “backstage” pass tours are also available, allowing music fans to go deeper into Studio Bell’s artist spaces, world-class recording facilities, and NMC’s vast collection. Get a behind-the-scenes look at notable artifacts that span 450 years of music innovation and technology, including a 16th-century harpsichord, one of the largest analog synthesizers in the world, and the legendary Rolling Stones Mobile Studio!