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Morrin Centre

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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-694-9147
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Come visit the Morrin Cultural Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret!...

Come visit the Morrin Cultural Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret! Built over 200 years ago as one of the city's first jail, it now houses one of the world's most beautiful libraries. This national historic site is yours to discover. Walk through foreboding jail cells and browse the books in the charming Victorian library. We also offer various events; including a Writers' Festival, concerts, readings and lectures. Consider renting the Centre as the perfect place to hold your events.

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Oldest Jail

The tour was great. We took the English tour and the guide spoke perfect English. The jail was creepy and amazing. To see the school as well as the library was very cool.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Neckole S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour was great. We took the English tour and the guide spoke perfect English. The jail was creepy and amazing. To see the school as well as the library was very cool.

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You are visiting a city that was built at the dawn of European settlement. Buildings and streets go back hundreds of years. So it is suggested that you go see a prison, library and college while you are there. Should you go to any of these? YES!! especially when 1 building has housed all three at one time or another.... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mother and I went on a tour of the Morrin Centre last weekend. Had trouble figuring out the off-season tour times on the website, but they were quickly able to tell me when I called on the phone. Got there 5 minutes before the tour time and paid in person. Location is very short walk from anywhere in the... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It is worth taking the tour. The guide takes you into the jail and does a good job of describing the conditions in the jail. It was a lot of fun and would be great for kids.

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Thank Greta2753
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello Greta2753, Thank you for the nice comment! I am happy that you enjoyed the tour! Did you know that you can also plan your kid's birthday party here by taking the Life of a Convict tour and eating cake in the library afterwards?? Thanks again and please come back and visit us soon! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

There are different times for French and English tours posted outside the building at regular intervals. It costs 11 dollars per person. It was a great little tour of the old jail. You get to see preserved cell blocks, as well as a really cool library, and parts of the old school. The tour takes about and hour.

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Thank Michele W
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello Michele W, Thank you for your comment. We also offer student rates, senior rates and even a family rate! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and hope that on your next trip to Quebec you are able to come back with a small group of friends and try out our Life of a Convict tour! Thanks again! More 

fernandina Beach, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited here as part of the Louise Penny "Bury Your Dead" tour. The Library is small but lovely and well worth the visit.

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Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hi fitza44, Thanks for your comment! I hope that you were able to take a peak at the back part of the library and see the children's section. Thanks again and please come back and visit us soon! More 

St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I did a lovely tea tasting event at this library in an historic building. Worth exploring and checking for the history. If you can do the tea event it was worth trying some new types of tea and learning a little about its history in the process.

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Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hi Lisablue154964, Thanks for the nice comment! I am happy that you enjoyed Teatime and do hope that you also got the chance to visit our spooky jail cells! Thanks again and please come back soon for a visit! More 

Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

English and French tours of the only english library in Quebec. Back stories fascinate. Prison, school history unique. Unbelievable that part of the original prison is preserved. One of trip highlights

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Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hi Kicking70, Thanks for the nice comment! Not only are we one of Quebec City's only English language libraries, we also offer a variety of cultural activities, such as ImagiNation (our Writers' Festival held in April 2017), jazz series, lectures and even a Halloween event. We also rent out our beautiful spaces! Thanks again and please come back and visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

From the short wait in the warm and inviting library to the dark jail cells in the basement to the study rooms of the college there was so much to see and experience. I was completely smitten with the woodwork in the entire building - the smoothly worn handrails and the thick heavy steps of the stairways, the ornately carved... More 

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Thank Donna R
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hi Donna R, Thank you so much for your nice comment! I am happy that you both decided to take the guided tour and get a chance to visit our dark jail cells, the beautiful College Hall, and even visit our old dark room located in the 19th century chemistry lab. Did you get a chance to take a peak... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A group of us went to Tea Time in the Library, and it really was a lot of fun. You are served several different types of teas (and delicate cookies) in the beautiful library. The hosts were entertaining, personable, and they educated us on the history of tea, drinking techniques, and so on. You also learn about the history of... More 

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Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello Saskfamily10, Thank you for your nice comment. I am glad that you got the chance to experience Teatime and listen to our wonderful hosts as they tell you about the history of tea. Please come back and visit us soon for a chance to visit our spooky jail cells and our 19th century chemistry lab. Thanks again! More 

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