Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

#12 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
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Key Info

850 4 St SE


Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Studio Bell is home to five floors of interactive exhibits that showcase the sights, sounds and stories of music in Canada. There are 22 exhibition spaces that allow visitors to experience music and Canadian music history in a hands-on way. Visitors can play the guitar, mix a track and sing in vocal booths. Other exhibits feature memorabilia from Canadian music icons and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees. The Kimball Theatre Organ, without a doubt, is a highlight for many recent visitors. The organ dates back to the 1924, when organs were used to provide sound effects and score music to silent films. Organ demonstrations are conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Reviewers also praised the museum's architecture and the variety of exhibits as well.

Studio Bell is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults costs CA$20 (around $15) and CA$12 (around $9) for kids ages 3 to 12. It is located a five-minute walk from the City Hall CTrain station. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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Recent visitors praised the museum's fascinating exhibits, treatment of history and its interactive arts and crafts opportunities.

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