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Living Collection

Our Living Collection of Instruments

Our goal is to make music accessible to all Canadians—from those who visit Studio Bell to the many amazing artists who record in our studios. That’s why we work hard to keep 20% of the musical instruments in the NMC Collection maintained in functioning order. Comprised of more than 200 instruments, this living collection provides artists with unprecedented access to NMC’s historic collection.

Artist Access

Each Live Room features a selection of working instruments from the NMC Collection best-suited to the room’s unique acoustics. All instruments are maintained by our in-house technicians and together span more than 450 years of music history!

For the most up-to-date list of instruments

Due to the historic nature of the collection, some instruments are subject to availability based on current condition and maintenance status.