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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 August 19, 2010

Tour was very informative and surprisingly good. Maxime gave us a tour that was very interesting with a good review of the early years of the center. The jail cell conditions were more of what a jail should be. Prisoners need to be treated as...More

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Reviewed August 15, 2010

There is, naturally, a strong emphasis on the military history of Quebec. This site provides a contrasting and quirky view of local history. It affords the visitor the opportunity to experience a beautiful and historically significant library and a well-preserved early 19th century prison, all...More

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Reviewed August 7, 2010

An unexpected delight. Maxime gave a great tour of the prison, the college and the fabulous library. He dropped in surprising stories that really enhanced the history of early Quebec beyond the typical. Simon, the director, shared more secrets and stories about the building and...More

2  Thank Architourista
Reviewed August 5, 2010

The Morrin Center has a long and fascinating history and we very much enjoyed hearing about the 19th century salons held there and seeing the library filled with rare books. The first Egyptian mummy in North America was shown here! Who knew? A highlight is...More

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Reviewed August 2, 2010

Having stopped at the Morrin Centre as part of a walking tour of Vieux Québec, we were immediately intrigued by the fascinating history of this building, which spanned its various incarnations as barracks, jail, college and literary society. Our tour guide, Maxime, led us through...More

1  Thank BrandonCarlos
Reviewed July 4, 2010

Visited the Morrin Centre today. Was expecting a 1:30pm tour as is posted on their site but in fact the English tour was at 2pm - a time slot with which they were experimenting. The tour thing is a new offering and they are still...More

2  Thank SheminaK
Reviewed June 9, 2010

I found out about the Morrin Centre online, and myself and three other ladies decided to stop in for a quick tour. The Director (Simon Jacobs) was fabulous, he had two students give us a private tour of the old jail cells, the college area...More

2  Thank dottyTORONTO
Reviewed March 18, 2010

We stumbled upon this gem of a Library in the centre of Vieux Quebec (Old Quebec). We enjoyed the interesting history of the building, the library and the restored prison cells. As well their collection of old works of literature is impressive. If you are...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!
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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