National Music Centre

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134 - 11 Ave. S.E.

NMC is home to the histories and memories of music in Canada, with a growing collection of rare instruments, artifacts, sound equipment and Canadian music memorabilia. Music lovers will hear what Mozart may have heard as he composed on a fortepiano or see what the Beatles might have seen in studio while composing “Strawberry Fields Forever.” History buffs will be immersed in music’s vast, varied and beautiful history—from our 1560 Virginal to our dazzling grand piano built to commemorate 100 years of George Gershwin. Visitors will also be blown away by the made-in-Canada Robb Wave Organ, the first electronic organ to be manufactured and sold commercially; Elton John’s piano on which he composed his first five albums; andTONTO, the largest analog synthesizer in the world.

The new National Music Centre will be a 160,000 square-foot, architecturally stunning destination in the heart of Calgary. Located at 4th Street SE, the building will be a gateway into a revitalized East Village – an innovative community reinventing itself as the newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood in town. Designed by Allied Works Architecture, under the direction of Brad Cloepfil, the new NMC will resonate with expanded programming including education, performance, entertainment, recording, artist incubation and community building collaborations – both in Calgary and across the country.

Visit for information about public tours of the collection, concerts, programs and more!

 Note: Public tours of the collection will end Dec. 28, 2014 as NMC prepares to move into its new facility.