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Morrin Centre

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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
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+1 418-694-9147
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10:00 - 18:00
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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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Took the guided tour with a very informative guide . Learned a lot about early history of Quebec and also of some of the rest of Canada . Personally interested in GOAL history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Penetanguishene
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the guided tour with a very informative guide . Learned a lot about early history of Quebec and also of some of the rest of Canada . Personally interested in GOAL history and this is one that is in great shape, and my guide was very informative, giving information on the History of incarcerating people since the beginning of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Charming English library. Make sure to have a look at the General Wolfe wooden statue and ask the attendant to tell you its story. very funny.

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Thank Catherine P
Blainville, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

An english language library going back to 1824! A must see for a) history buffs, b) fans of author Louise Penny ( Bury your dead), and/or c) books and library aficionados. Great for kids as well.

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

Hello michelbellhelico, Thank you for your nice comment. Founded in 1824 by the Earl of Dalhousie, governor of Lower Canada, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec was Canada’s first learned society. In the last decade, the Society has broadened its mandate. The building was entirely renovated, and transformed into the Morrin Centre, which not only houses the library but... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Arriving to this place mean by its name, a place to share culture and nobody was able to give us, my friends and me, the necessary information.

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

Hi Marina C, I'm sorry you weren't able to find the information you were looking for. All staff and volunteers are informed about upcoming events, so I'm also a bit surprised to learn about your situation. Information on our upcoming events is quite widely available and updated frequently on our website as well as our facebook page. We also have... More 

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I stopped in on a day where they weren't running full tours, but I spent a while visiting the library. Definitely worth a visit, and the story about the General Wolfe statue is great!

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

Hello Victoria B, Thank you for your nice comment. I am happy that you were able to visit our beautiful library, and do hope you will be able to come back for a full tour. For more information on tour schedules, and cultural events, such as our Writers' Festival (April 5- April 9), please visit our website or call us... More 

Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Go and visit to jail and maybe get spooked :) The librairie is beautiful. we've had a few event there and the staff is really polite.

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

Hello leeloubme, Thank you for your nice comment! I do hope that you were able to visit our 19th century chemistry lab hidden away on the 4th floor and took at peak at the oldest book in our collection! Thank you and please come back and visit us soon! More 

Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

A lovely woman in the Quebec city tourist office marked this place on our map and told us we could stop in and have a look around. I'm so glad we did. We did not have time for a tour but did have time to go up to the beautiful old library and sit for a few minutes and have... More 

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Thank viajero5
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello viajero5, Thank you for the nice comment! Aside from taking a look at our collection of English books in the Victorian library, we also offer the public a chance at taking a guided tour, rent one of our beautiful spaces at an affordable cost, or even come back for anything from a Jazz concert or an event, such as... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Paid $9 CAD for a 30-45 minute tour. It was a simple tour of the building that has had many uses and tells many interesting stories. Tours of the library as it's current use, a science lab as it used to be a college and a very hands on tour of the old jail cells as it was originally a... More 

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

Hi Brian K, Thank you for the comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the tour and were able to take a peak at our dark room located upstairs in the Chemistry Lab! Not only are we one of Quebec City's English Language Libraries, we are also a Historic Site and a Cultural Centre offering a rich variety of programming;... More 

Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

A dear, little library ceiling-to-ceiling with books. Antiques and tiny circular stairs take you to the upper stacks.

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

Hi Pam H, Thanks very much for the nice comment about our dear little library. Hope you were able to sip on a warm cup of tea while enjoying one of our many books and do hope that you come back soon for a guided tour of the old prison and College! Thanks again Pam! More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Interesting history to this building well worth visiting. Old comfortable furniture & a beautiful timer staircase. The oldest subscription library in Canada. You can go down underground & see what can be read about in Louise Penny's book "Bury Your Dead"....I have left this for a return visit.

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

Hi Clio H, Thanks for the very nice comment! I am glad that you enjoyed your visit! I hope to see you back at the Morrin Centre during our Writers' Festival, ImagiNation in April or back in the summer to discover the old jail cells and 19th Chemistry Lab! Thanks again! More 

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