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“Variety is the key to their success.”

National Arts Centre
Ranked #23 of 268 things to do in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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Ottawa, ON
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Variety is the key to their success.”
Reviewed 10 February 2012

We attend many events at the NAC, from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to the Broadway play "Wicked", to stand up comedy, to the winter series of live plays in their English theatre hall. The NAC never disappoints. There is always a full roster of events to attend and the variety keeps you coming back!

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Ottawa, ON
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“If you can handle getting the tickets...”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

We've never had a bad music or theatre experience at the NAC. You really cannot go wrong; our last visit was to "2 pianos, 4 hands", which is of course brilliant. But getting tickets has been a mixed experience at best. For a previous attempt to get tickets I went to the NAC directly and the lineup for tickets early afternoon on a weekday was incredible. Two booths open, one of which had barely any turnover at all while I waited, and a queue of more than 20! Everyone in line was getting very fidgety, as you can't park for free even to buy tickets and meters were running. I finally got up to the booth to find the performance I wanted was sold out. You could take the bus... or bear with the exorbitant fees of their online ticket agent, who shall here remain nameless. Or become a subscriber! Or if you're visiting in town, walk from your hotel. Having said all that, buying tickets at the NAC for 2P4F was a smooth process. Maybe they got a lot of complaints... Oh yes, and parking: $9 for the evening in the NAC garage, when you pre-pay inside. On nice weather weekends we park at the World Exchange for free and walk over, but in snow and -10 it's a schlepp. But you know what? It's all worth it. So go.

Visited January 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Prestige has its price”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

Other live theatres exist in the city...with FREE parking. This -along with Parliament, DEFINES the center of the city.

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89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“NAC is the place you could get cultured.”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

Symphony orchestra, not only Ottawa's, but often visiting from differents part's of world. Nice caffe also.
Place offers also theatre and more. A must to visit when in town.

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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Variety of Programmes”
Reviewed 8 January 2012

There's something for everyone......symphony, dance, plays, talks, musicals. We have subscriptions for plays which are very reasonably priced. We partake of other programmes as well. Always a hit.

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