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National Arts Centre

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Address: 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada
Phone Number: 613 947 7000
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A lovely venue with exceptional service!

We were invited to a dance performance, which is not something I thought I would enjoy. However, the performance was wonderful! The calibre of the performance was world class... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
lyndseymjohnson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

We were invited to a dance performance, which is not something I thought I would enjoy. However, the performance was wonderful! The calibre of the performance was world class. The staff - attendants, coat check, bartenders were extremely friendly and professional. We attended a reception at the NAC after, the food was great, and again the service fantastic. I will... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The National Arts Centre is pretty Plain Jane, no really, it's pretty barren on the outside in a kind of weird, even for the 60's, kind of way. But the content! Surprisingly perhaps, Ottawa's NAC gets a good helping of artistic talent both local and from around the world on an almost routine basis. It's also quite esoteric too with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I realise that there is talk of revamping this facility but even as it is now it is fantastic. The interior has stood the test of time and the staff are polite and helpful. Residents and visitors to the city should make an effort to take in an event at one of the theatres, it would be worth while. Overall... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Beautiful theatre. The NAC Orchestra is my favorite. Staff is helpful. Too bad its expensive. Lowest pricing starts at 25$. And thats only for select shows. Then it jumps up much higher. I could go more often if they had a cheap night or something. Overall awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

I absolutely love the NAC. The staff are so friendly, the show variety is awesome, and the prices are reasonable. You won't be disappointed.

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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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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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