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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Interesting History

My husband and I took a tour during our stay in Quebec. The tour gave some interesting historical facts. They take you into a couple of the old jail cell areas. The building now... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 July 2014
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North Stonington, Connecticut
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North Stonington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

My husband and I took a tour during our stay in Quebec. The tour gave some interesting historical facts. They take you into a couple of the old jail cell areas. The building now serves as part of their historical society and houses a public library.

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Dodge Co., Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

With a fairly long trip to Quebec City, this site was well down our list of places to visit. I'm so glad we went! This building has served many uses from jail to school to English library. Great slice of Quebec history. If you have the time, add it to your stops. Tour is less than an hour. You can... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

How many people get to see what life was like for the prisoner in Quebec in the 1800's? We had a delightful guide (Phil) who showed us just how grim time spent in this jail was way back when. I even got to experience a brief stint in solitary, very dark, confinement. This stop is worth the small fee especially... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Our family of four visited ($23 in total, kids were free) in July for the 45 minute tour. A very interesting tour of Quebec City's first jail built in 1814 which is located within the walls of the old city. See a small museum on the jail's history, get locked in death row and learn the history of some former... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

The Morrin Centre is a wonderful and worthwhile stop. The tour is brief (about 45 minutes), informative, and appropriate for adults and children. On a Sunday morning in June, there were just 6 of us on the English speaking tour. The story of how this terrible prison became a college and then cultural center and gorgeous library is fascinating. Our... More 

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Altrincham, Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

We had Ben as our tour guide and would like to say how fantastic he was! Funny, knowledgable, helpful and you can tell he has a real passion for the history and future of the Morrin Centre. The Discovery Tour was so interesting, seeing the jail, cells and learning about its history. The viewing the old university classrooms and finally,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

This visit was the highlight of old town... It was really interesting and Ryan, our guide, was amazing.. He explained us everything in detail.. We loved the tour... We hugely recommend it and ask for Ryan!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

The Morrin Centre is a bit off the beaten tourist path but was well worth visiting. It is a quirky combination of a historic jail, old school and present day library. We ended up having a private tour and our guide provided a great deal of history that added to my knowledge of the history of the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Ben was our guide and he was great. He provided lots of interesting historical information and kept everything interesting. Visited the old prison and it was very interesting. The library was very interesting as was the old chemistry lab.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

We ended up having a private tour of the Morrin Centre on June 12. Since it was just my wife and me we were able to see some areas that are not usually open. The old jail cells were very interesting as was the classrooms on the upper floors, which are untouched from the last time classes were taught there.... More 

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