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Morrin Centre

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“old jail”(31 reviews)
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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 April 20, 2018

The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec was founded in 1824. Its library is a jewel, which also contains a nice collection of English language books in this French-speaking city

Thank MarySoderstrom
Reviewed April 8, 2018

We are so very interested in art and architecture and we we very impressed with how the City of Quebec rehabilitated another prison building and included it in the National Art Museum. The appreciation for older architectural treasures is to be appreciated. So, too, for...More

1  Thank jer b
Reviewed April 1, 2018

I want to give this place 5 stars. It SHOULD get 5 stars, but I just can't do it. The museum is FANTASTIC, and they have put SO much work into the exhibits, but they make you go on the tour to see them, and...More

1  Thank emily42
Reviewed February 27, 2018

The history and the great people that talked on the tour were full of great knowledge, that made it fun and interesting . The original prison is still there, along with the changes to a school later and its current facility now. A real awesome...More

1  Thank TravelAngelika
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Friendly guides who brought history to life, not very crowded at all, were the only two people on the tour and loved every minute of it. So much history in one building and truly brought to life by the museum itself and the staff, extremely...More

1  Thank thenaturenerd
Reviewed February 17, 2018

Lived in Quebec city for 3 years and I didn't even know about this place. My husband being Scottish, we decided to visit that place. Crazy history and amazing english library. Prison turned into a college??? Just so many questions!!! Worth going and taking the...More

1  Thank Janice P
Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

The place is really interesting and the guided tour is worthy! You can learn about jails and a little bit about the history of Quebec. The staff is really friendly and helpful and the library a nice place to relax!

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Reviewed December 30, 2017

A visit to the Morrin centre is a must when visiting Quebec. The guides show you through the former cells and coupled with the information they provide, you can actually sense how terrible it must have been in the past. The library is magnificent. Our...More

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Stefanie J, Manager at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Hello amazinggraceb, Thanks for your comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the tour and got the chance to step back in time to see how prisoners lived. I hope that upon your next visit you will have more time to spend in the library...More

Reviewed December 29, 2017

The Morrin Centre—a former prison that turned into an Anglophone college that turned into a library/museum (I'm sure there is at least one factual error in that description)—is a lovely place to spend an afternoon in Quebec City. The centre offers tours of two prison...More

Thank michaelpatrickfr2017
Stefanie J, Manager at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Hello michaelpatrickfr2017, Thanks for your comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the tour, got the chance to step back in time to see how prisoners lived and experience what solitary confinement was like back then. Please come back and visit us soon!

Reviewed December 21, 2017

Quebec City appears to be full of wonderful nooks and crannies. This is one of them. Make sure that you see both the ancient prison and the library. The library is the something right out of Harry Potter!More

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Stefanie J, Manager at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Hello phaneuf17, Thanks for your comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the tour, got the chance to step back in time to see how prisoners lived and do hope you were able to enjoy a nice hot cup of tea in the library before...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 Patricia A | 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