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National Arts Centre

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada (Byward Market Area)
613 947 7000
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Ranked #15 of 141 attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Nice venue with easy access and everything you could want, if your booking last minute you can get seats online for 1/5 of the list price 2-3 hours before most shows we paid 60 for 2 orchestra seats that were listed for 115 each

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Centrally located in Ottawa, close to many attractions such as canal, parliament buildings, Rideau center and by ward market. Not a spectacularly large hall, but great views from most seats and offers that small venue feel.

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Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The NAC is located in central Ottawa i.e., the downtown core. Close to restaurants, the Byward Market, Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier and many other local area attractions. The building itself overlooks the picturesque Rideau Canal and offers underground parking if you're bringing the car and is easily accessible by public transit. The NAC offers three performing stages; equally intimate... More

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Was at National Arts Centre June 13/14 for University of Ottawa convocation. Very nice place for such an event!

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Akron, Ohio
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161 reviews 161 reviews
59 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Yes indeed, we were lucky last month to see a splendid production of a modern play on its last night of production. It was called "Oil and Water" and we saw it at the very end of May in this theatre. It was my first visit to the Center for Arts. I was pleased that we chose to go to... More

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The NAC has improved over the years. It will get infinitely better once the current conductor departs! Zuckerman never appeared interested in his audience and always viewed interacting with it as a bit of a chore. Time for a dynamic Canadian conductor to take on the role and salvage the NAC. The NAC should also strive to stage more high... More

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Not only does the National Art Center have a strong and outstanding collection, the building designed by the incredible Moshe Safdie is a work of art onto itself. Do not miss the "Canadian 7" section featuring Canada's most impressive historical artists. If traveling w/little ones, many art project workshops available during the weekends and holidays.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

ON the banks of the Rideau Canal. Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier are within sight. Great dining at Le Cafe restaurant. Check to see if the scheduled events appeal to you. Our daughter held her wedding at the NAC.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

When you buy a ticket and present your student card (I know it's working for Quebec and Ontario provinces but don't know if from elsewhere it is) you can get up to 80% discount! Great schedule and easy parking lots. Staff is charming and drinks aren't too expensive.

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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I have enjoyed our many experiences at the NAC over the past few years. We have enjoyed some of the visiting international performances, are faithful subscribers to the NAC English Theatre and huge fans of the musical performances including Fourth Stage, which allows us to discover rising Canadian music stars in a comfortable venue. The NAC Cafe... More

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