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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 March 21, 2011

When in Quebec City, make time to visit The Morrin Centre. While being renovated when we three visited, which meant that some areas were not yet open to the public, there was still enough to experience to put another visit, when next in Old Quebec,...More

Date of experience: March 2011
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

I came to the centre in search of a book on a fairly obscure subject, shipbuilding in the Quebec City area, and found not only the book but, through the efforts of the executive director, Simon Jacobs, managed to contact, and later meet, the author....More

Date of experience: February 2011
1  Thank roscoe7
Reviewed January 22, 2011

My wife and I searched out the Morrin Centre recently while in Quebec City. When we arrived outside, the place looked closed. We pulled open the front door, with it's more than 200 hundred years of stories to tell, it creaked open to reveal a...More

3  Thank Ruleof7traveller
Reviewed December 4, 2010

My husband and I decided to visit Morrin Centre after having read about it in Tripadvisor. We had a great experience there. Though the prison cells were closed to visitors since they are under construction, the wonderful librarian, Jean Girard, made up for it all...More

3  Thank SharonHurvitz
Reviewed September 29, 2010

The Morrin Centre houses a 200 year-old prison cell that was very interesting and fun for the kids. The beautiful library has the largest collection of English books in Quebec, which the guides bring alive through many interesting historical anecdotes. Our guide, Maxime, was a...More

1  Thank whalie00
Reviewed September 6, 2010

If you like history, knowledge, scary stories and just a different place to see in Quebec from the usual tourist traps, go to the Morrin Centre. A beautiful building with a dark past and some great artefacts from the city's interesting past. Maxime was unfortunately...More

2  Thank acork55
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

Thank m2a
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

Thank connecticuttraveler7
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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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 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