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Morrin Centre

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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...more
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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t miss this tour! The building started as a jail, converted to a college and now includes one of the most picturesque tiny libraries I’ve ever seen.

Thank 22KimM
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quirky, interesting building with a wealth of history. Booked the tour (only about $15) and it made the visit that much more enjoyable. Highlight of the trip!

Thank Traveller0078
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This building has so many stories, from being a jail, to a school, and now hosting a great library. A must see. Very knowledgeable guides.

Thank MurphsofMasonville
Reviewed October 29, 2018

The history of the Morrin Center is unique. I'm sure I've never been any place that could boast having been a prison, a college, and a library. And our tour group learned about all of these things during the tour. However, I felt cheated when...More

Thank heartimes
Reviewed October 21, 2018

What an interesting place. My bf and I did a tour here after hours that included the history of the place as a prison and leading up to its current place as a library/cultural center. If you're into dorky things like that, this was a...More

Thank Krina S
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Easily booked this on line. Entertaining piece of Quebec history. Our docent was engaging and very well informed. Answered everyone's questions. They must have been reading the reviews because we had a generous amount of time to look at and read the information in the...More

Thank Bruce L
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Glad we stopped for a tour. We actually bumped into it and went in and took a tour as my wife is a Louise Penny fan

Thank Bobby44881
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Started as a prison, became a university and is now a cultural centre and private library. The tour covers all 3 aspects and does it really well. The prison part was particularly interesting and the guide brought it to life very well. There are quite...More

Thank TickledPinkScotland
Reviewed September 21, 2018

The Morrin Centre is a unique spot in Quebec. Tours will take you through the 1800s jail cells, old classrooms, and finally the library. The jail cells were undoubtedly the most interesting part of the tour, but the rest of the centre has fascinating history...More

Thank Cath B
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

The tour starts around 10am and covers the former jail, including, if you volunteer, a short spell in the cells. We also spent some time in the science lab and the library. Our guide was humorous and informative and for $11 each seniors rate it...More

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April 29, 2018|
Response from Stefanie J | Property representative |
Hello, Would you be able to send me the link for this mistake please? I will then be able to correct it. Thanks!
October 4, 2017|
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Response from 723patriciaa | Reviewed this property |
Quebec is easy to get around --speaking English .
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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