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The National Music Centre Collection

Home to an impressive collection of musical instruments and artist memorabilia—NMC is Canada’s premier destination for music lovers.

Spanning over 450 years of music technology and innovation, our one-of-a-kind collection is the foundation for many of the unique programs available at Studio Bell.

With a collection policy founded on accessibility, our team works to maintain 20% of the musical instruments in functioning condition. Falling somewhere between museum artifacts and living specimens—these objects effectively form our “living collection”.

NMC’s approach to preservation gives visitors and artists alike unparalleled access to our historical artifacts, inviting the exploration of sound and history, and incubating new music through our artist in residence program.

No other place tells the stories of music in Canada quite like this.

Discover Studio Bell: NMC Collection

Make A Donation

Got a heart of gold? Show it! Make your gift to NMC today and give to a place that amplifies the love, sharing and understanding of music.

Explore The Collection

There are over 2,000 artifacts in NMC’s collection, which represent the history of music technology and tell the story of music in Canada.

Artist In Residence

NMC is a place for incubation and renewal through music. Through our Artist in Residence program, musicians from around the world explore and use our collection in the creation of new works.

Frequently Asked Questions

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