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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 142 attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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Kuujjuarapik, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Lakeside in Eastern Ontario
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37 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We've been to the NAC often for different performances but we've never done a review. NAC: The NAC is a beautiful building and well laid out. We were in Southam Hall and looking around, I don't think there's a bad seat to be had. The Book of Mormon: Great performance! Laughed so much our bellies ached!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The National Arts Centre continues to be my favourite place to go to plays, concerts, broadway shows. etc. The acoustics are very good when listening to live performances - though at some events the amplification hasn't always been at its best (Book of Mormon was so much fun, but the sound balance wasn't always what it should have been). The... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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79 helpful votes 79 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
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51 reviews 51 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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