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Morrin Centre

44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
+1 418-694-9147
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Experience solitary confinement

Very cool to see the old jail ~actual cells and death row cells. Interesting history - upper... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Centreville, Virginia
Louise Penny fans: don't miss this stop!

The setting for Louise Penny's 12th novel featuring Inspecor Gamache is right in the Old City... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bev B
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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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44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-694-9147
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very cool to see the old jail ~actual cells and death row cells. Interesting history - upper floors turned into a school. Love that they saved the building and re purposed it. Great tour and lots of fun facts.

Thank vtflamingo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting for Louise Penny's 12th novel featuring Inspecor Gamache is right in the Old City. Guided and sel guided tours available. Well worth the time spent escaping from the crowds of tourists and shopping lures!

Thank Bev B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting history of the usage of the building, which was first built as a jail and now holds an impressive library and community center.

Thank maryfweeks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting old building which was once the city jail, then a college, is now a library and historic site. Very interesting tour of the rooms. Library is staffed with a librarian who eagerly answers questions and offers information.

Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've read "Bury Your Dead" you know about this place. If not, go anyway! Wonderful tour of the ancient jail cells, the biology lab, and the beautiful library! Tour guide was well-informed--a true delight to listen to her!

Thank mspeed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting library. Beautiful old architecture. Free to see the library but must pay for a tour of the prison cells in the basement area. We didn't see the prison area but enjoyed the rest. Super nice employees!

Thank JHeskin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not sure what we were expecting but we we underwhelmed. Not a must see. I am impressed that they have a five hundred year old book in the chemistry lab.

Thank K M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A fascinating place to visit. One still gets the old feeling of the jail. You can even get locked into a cell if you so desire. The library was quite a surprise. It is worth a membership. Put this on your list to see in...More

Thank 42wanderer
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was so interesting taking this tour after reading the Louise Penny book with the Literary and Historic Society library located here.

1  Thank Ed H
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Interesting old building that was a jail, cells are still there and you get a sense of why people lose their minds in solitary confinement. Building now a library with beautiful features and rare old books. Tour last 40 minutes.

Thank traveloftenpals
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello traveloftenpals, Thanks for your comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the tour and got the chance to step back in time. Please come back and visit us soon!

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5 October 2017|
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Response from debrakgrose | Reviewed this property |
The tour of the Morrin centre is in English, if that is your question. Canada is predominantly English speaking .. however our 2nd national language is French. I took French in high school so I made efforts to speak French... More
Linda I
2 June 2016|
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Response from Stefanie J | Property representative |
Hi Linda, The Morrin Centre is about a 5 to 7 minute walk from Hotel Manoir d'Auteuil. Thank you Travellove414 for your instructions on how to get to the Centre. The entrance fee for the Discovery tour is $11 for general... More