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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 #12 of 102 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Laval, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We recently visited the NAC to see "Alice Through the Looking Glass". We enjoyed the production immensely, and loved the National Arts Centre. It was fairly easy to find and the staff were very helpful in directing us to our seats. I'm sure I'll be back to see another production in the future!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It's quite something. Very beautiful. It's pretty easy to find our way there, and we can also ask the friendly staff and they'll help us find what we're looking for. There are many performances there and it's a very pleasant experience. It a pretty fancy place, and people dress up to go there (informal attire: suits, dresses, pant suit, etc.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We attended "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde with their repertoire group in the Theatre (not the large Southam Hall) This was a perfect venue for this play. The steeply raked seats offer an excellent view from just about everywhere - the seats with poor views were blocked off. The play was well done, the sets very well... More 

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Hawkesbury, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I visited the NAC for the first time to see Chris Hadfield speak. This is a very large building, but easy to get around. Underground parking is available and I think it was 11$. Pay in advance before your performance in order to avoid long lineups when leaving. We parked by the handicapped parking as it was very close to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The NAC has various theaters and rooms, where there are usually various different plays, concerts or musicals running. It has a very good restaurant, a great location smack downtown, and good parking (although it gets busy prior or just after a major play ends). I find hard to review a theater as your experience is dictated mostly by the plays... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This gallery has some of the best art in the world. Artists that you wouldn't expect to be there are there. Will visit again.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We attended a performance of ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ at the National Arts Centre this past weekend. The production was very enjoyable and the venue was modern and functional. There were 2 intermissions and both times the refreshment kiosk was swamped with customers while another nearby refreshment area remained closed. Perhaps this business model should be reviewed.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We have enjoyed many performances and events here. The prices are a bit high for most events now, so rarely get to the big venues. But we have discovered a less expensive venue at "Fourth Stage". The setting is like a bistro with tables and chairs, complete with candle surrounding the stage. It is nice to be able to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Excellent collection of art pieces.Everyone was helpful and courteous.The place is very inspiring.Don't leave Ottawa without visiting the National Arts.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Besides the events, it cannot be visited and not much to see inside. Outside on the hand, they have a patio restaurant overlooking the canal Nd is very nice.

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