Visitor Information

Music lives here

Explore five floors of interactive exhibitions that will take you on a journey through the sights, sounds and stories of music in Canada.

Inspired by music festivals, Studio Bell is designed to activate all of the senses. Play the guitar, mix a track, and sing along in our vocal booths. Explore memorabilia from Canadian music icons. Immerse yourself in an audio-visual installation of Canadiana in Soundscapes and catch a Kimball Theatre Organ demonstration. Once you’ve made it to the top floor, cap your visit off with a walk through four of Canada's Music Halls of Fame.

Things to Do

Plan your visit today! Learn more about all the fun and interesting things to do at Studio Bell:

The Building

Studio Bell is the first national cultural institution dedicated to celebrating music in Canada in all of its forms. The 160,000-square-foot building designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture is composed of nine subtly curved interlocking towers clad in glazed terra cotta. And, it sounds as good as it looks! Referencing the design of musical instruments, the facility’s open spaces resonate with the sounds of music and activity, drawing visitors up through five floors of acoustically and visually distinct exhibition, performance, and gallery spaces.

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Coat Check

A complimentary self-serve coat check is available on Level One to the right of the Visitor Experience desk. Availability is limited and coat check is offered on a first come, first served basis. NMC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Museum Rules

At Studio Bell, we celebrate the stories of music in Canada through artifacts and rare instruments. Please help protect our collection by following these important museum rules:

  • No smoking or vaping
  • No food or beverages (except for bottled water) on all levels except for Level One
  • No pets—only licensed service animals are permitted
  • No flash photography or tripods
  • No touching exhibitions, cases, or artifacts


Included with your admission is same-day re-entry. Proof of purchase is required.

Lost Something?

Our Lost and Found is located on Level One at the Security office.