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National Arts Centre

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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Address: 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1, Canada
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+1 613-947-7000
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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great way to spend an evening

I went to see Kinky boots in January. Newly renovated seating and floor plan. Looks great. seats are comfortable. Located downtown where you can walk to it, bus or drive and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kellie C
Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to see Kinky boots in January. Newly renovated seating and floor plan. Looks great. seats are comfortable. Located downtown where you can walk to it, bus or drive and park there.

Thank Kellie C
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attend events at the NAC a few times per year and the annual New Years Concert is a must. The most recent performance (Jan 2nd) was very enjoyable in terms of production and performance. Conductor Niels Muus added a much appreciated Viennese character to his personal performance; well done. Missing were some more floral arrangements to brighten up the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw the opening night of A Christmas Carol. It runs until the 31st of December. It was very well done, ingenious staging. There was something for all ages.. I had concerns with the number of small children in the audience. The children were all engaged; my only beef is several of them laughed at the jokes before I got... More 

Thank Robert L
Brockville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We went to see the production of Cinderella and it was fabulous, more than I expected, as it was funny, the costumes, dresses were so beautiful and elaborate. They had a 10-15 minute intermission, and overall a fantastic evening. Only disappointment was the NAC is under construction, so we had to walk around the building and access it from Laurier... More 

Thank Lise B
Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

I visited the NAC on two occasions. We can easily have a good view of the stage in the Southam Hall. The sound quality is excellent. The lighting is difficult to photograph in. Lovely place for a concert or show.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

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 

Thank David W
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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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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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168 reviews
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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

Thank Claudia L

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