Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre, Quebec City: Hours, Address, Morrin Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Morrin Centre
4.5
Historic Sites • Libraries
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Karen G
Vancouver, Canada437 contributions
Lack of communication
Sep. 2020 • Couples
I walked in today, there was a sign saying “come in and make a reservation for your visit”. So we did, they asked my name and phone number and that’s it. They didn’t say anything else, so I thought we were making reservations to limit the quantity of people because of COVID. But when we arrived for our reservation we had to actually pay for a tour. I only wanted to see the library, I asked if we could just walk around and they said no. Ok, I paid and after around 10 minutes listening to the tour guide outside, he showed us a picture of the library and said we couldn’t go there because it’s closed. I got extremely disappointed and interrupted the tour, so he offered me a refund.
I only gave 2 stars because the the staff were really friendly, because I think this is a huge fault. The tour was actually being interesting, cool information, but if you are not getting the entire tour, they should tell you from the beginning, especially when you’ll miss the most interesting part.
Written September 4, 2020
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RandomActsOfArt
Vancouver, Canada10 contributions
English Haven
Jul. 2020
This library/ former penitentiary is historic and contemporary at the same time. The architecture is beautiful and it is situated in the heart of everything.
Written July 15, 2020
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Susan
1 contribution
Amazing safe visit!
Jul. 2020
Since we aren't traveling because of Covid19 this summer, decided to grab my daughter and see what the modified Morrin Centre Visit was like--it was really great!!! Having a private visit for just the two of us, with Anthony dispensing information and answering questions with just the right mix of knowledge and humour, was just perfect. We could go at our own speed and focus on the stuff that really interested us, didn't get to see the chem lab or the library but pictures and stories filled in, and most importantly spending time in the prison (with films after). We will definitely be back with the rest of the family.

Should also say, we felt completely safe--distancing, hand sanitizer, and masks; the guides were well prepared and ready.
Written July 4, 2020
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Deborah S
38 contributions
Great Place .. a real surprise .. includes a prison in the basement
Jun. 2019
I actually organized an event here - it was such a fun place, the guided tours shows you all, from turn of the century Science classes to a superb old library and a prison in the basement with dingy cells ... great visit ..
Written February 14, 2020
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Ⓜ️ MrMoreLight
Montreal, Canada1,538 contributions
Best bang for your buck in Old Quebec
Dec. 2019 • Couples
I know Quebec City very well but had never heard of the Morrin Centre before. Make no mistake, if you found it here on TripAdvisor, make sure to carve out time, this is one of the best tour you’ll get and a fascinating journey down the rabbit hole of colonial time.

Tour is well worth it and our tour guide (I believe Sarah?) was exceptional, with good stories that make the rooms come alive with relevance, at $12, this is one of the best investments we made.

From time to time, Quebec’s first prison, first university with women and now a cultural centre, only the tour guide will tell you about the story Wolfe’s statue - funny & fascinating.

2 hours well spent, it is easy to miss within Old Quebec city’s walls, but you won’t forget your visit. Hidden gem.
Written February 7, 2020
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Gem
Belle Mead, NJ14 contributions
quick getaway
Nov. 2019
We did this last minute and decided to join the tour. Thought changing our shoes for Crocs was interesting but then understood when we saw the carvings in the prison floor. Very interesting tour of the old jail and informative tour guide. The small library is very beautiful and inviting. Wished we had more time to take a book and curl up in one of their cushy chairs.
Written January 7, 2020
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jamesahlan
Toronto33 contributions
Cute Little Public Library
Dec. 2019
Enter Morrin Centre, walk up the stairs to your right to find the Morrin public library. Free entrance to the public. Seating space is limited. Small spiral stairs to its balcony is roped off. Photography without flash and tripod is permitted in this 1824 historic library.
Written December 14, 2019
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Adam Brunning
Sudbury, UK309 contributions
Superb tour!
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Haven’t been on a bus tour the day before where we were told about the Morrin Centre and that it was Quebec’s first jail we had to take a look!
Fiona was our guide and she was simply amazing, bringing all the history alive! Well worth a visit if you can spare the time!
Written December 13, 2019
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moiinnj
nj389 contributions
Morrin Centre Discovery Tour
Nov. 2019
Someone had mentioned this to me otherwise I probably would not have known about it. It is right in the heart of everything so easy to get to. We did the Discovery Tour which was very well done. We saw the old jail cells and the tour guide was quite enthusiastic and dramatic making for a very enjoyable and informative visit. We saw the classrooms, and to me the really lovely part was the library itself. After the tour you can re-visit the areas toured. They have a few different tours offered and I am sure they are all good.
Written December 4, 2019
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Stacey D
3 contributions
Interesting
Nov. 2019
We went in to check out the library, but we did not have time to take their tour, which we heard it's great.
Written November 20, 2019
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