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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
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Good programming and nice performance venues

I just attended two concerts in the newly renovated Southam Hall. There really are no bad seats in this place -- you can see and hear well from just about any part of the hall... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
David W
Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just attended two concerts in the newly renovated Southam Hall. There really are no bad seats in this place -- you can see and hear well from just about any part of the hall. Parking is a bit of a zoo upon exit, but is fairly orderly. Don't show up too early because there really isn't much in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I went to view the cirque symphonique in June. It was the last show of the season and I'm so glad I scored a ticket! Stunning performance, amazing music- well done!

Thank K B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

NAC exterior currently undergoing major construction to reposition entrance on Elgin Street. It was originally set on the canal side & access was always jammed up. Looking forward to it being finished & fully functional.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

I can't count the number of shows that we've seen here; Nutcracker Ballet, concerts (Colin James, Matt Andersen, George Thorogood) and musicals/plays (Sound of Music, Wicked and more). Great venue!

Thank Gregsky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

Gorgeous place for graduation! The atrium was huge and accommodated everyone's family, truly a gorgeous venue

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Swanton, VT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

This place reminded me of an old opera house. Had great seats in the Orchestra section. Audio was FABULOUS! Concert lasted nearly 2.5 hours. Location is right downtown within walking distance(5 minutes) to 3-4 major hotels. Construction made entry and exit difficult but I would ABSOLUTELY return.

Thank VTer24
Charlottetown, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

Please note that the National Art Centre is under massive renovation at this time involving the complete renovation and new construction. Work is to be completed by May 2017 for Canada's 150th Anniversary. There are still perfomances but on a smaller scale. When purchasing ticket ask where is the temporary entrance to the building since the usual entrance is now... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Saw the touring production of the "Sound of Music" recently. The NAC is a great performance hall, for theater, music, or concerts; there are no bad seats. Parking is pricey and could be better managed to the advantage of its patrons. (cheaper parking is available at city hall across the street, after hour rates are much better there). The place... More 

Thank Dre0303
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

I attended La Sylphide Ballet at the NAC, my first visit to the facility. There was a lot of construction/renovation underway both around the building and in the entryway making for a somewhat confusing entrance experience, however they were prepared for this with many staff on hand to guide the inexperienced visitor in the right direction. A little more signage... More 

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Orillia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

Our daughter bought us all tickets for Sylphide. The Ballet was beautifully done with fantastic music. The Arts Centre is a grand theater with amazing acoustics. All very enjoyable.


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