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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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Cozy library

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Washington, DC
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 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 27 November 2016

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 15 November 2016

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 23 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 20 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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Thank fitza44
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 

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