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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 #17 of 144 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Let me start out by saying that every performance I have seen at the NAC has been fantastic. The venue, however, is just dreadful. This dreadful monument to 1960's Brutalism is, perhaps, Ottawa's best example of hideous architecture and general ruination that continues to plague the downtown core. It's absolutely heartbreaking to see old photographs of this once-beautiful city and... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Whether you’re visiting Canada’s capital on vacation, or you’re a hometown lady or gent, consider spending the evening at the National Arts Centre at 53 Elgin Street, near Parliament Hill, and prepare to be swept away. This is the place to go for world-class ballet, opera, theater and experiencing the delightful sounds of the NAC Orchestra. There are several venues... More

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Ottawa
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276 reviews 276 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Excellent museum, lots of art for all. Schedule a full day as some pieces or rooms would need to be enjoyed for a long time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Recently saw a musical here. The Book of Mormon and it was FABULOUS!!!!! Have been here a few times and each time enjoyed.

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Calgary
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You are greeted by a giant spider by the entrance. The galleries are endless. There will be something for everyone's taste in art.

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

One of the most amazing places to see a concert is the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. It has amazing acoustics and is small enough to seem intimate even though it seats thousands. I was lucky enough to see Joe Bonamassa there last May and it was one of the highlights of my summer!

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Ingleside, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I'm being to like the nose bleed section of the NAC.The show was fantastic and hilariously funny. No afence to my mormon friends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Went recently to the NAC to see The Book of Mormon. Always a pleasant experience. All seats in Southam Hall seem to be good. Staff are courteous and helpful.

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Ottawa, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The dancing was excellent. Well timed, well executed, fitting for the plot, and fun. The rest of the story about child pornography, raping young girls, female circumcision, AIDS, and shooting someone in the face stretches the limits of what can be called "humour". The opening half was shocking to the point of leaving the theatre and the second half was... More

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Kuujjuarapik, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

NAC is a great theatre. I saw the Book of Mormon, had a box seat all to myself. The staff/ushers are friendly and helpful. Gin and tonics are good as well.

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