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Morrin Centre

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“english library”(38 reviews)
“old jail”(31 reviews)
“chemistry lab”(20 reviews)
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 October 27, 2017

We visited the Morrin Centre on Sunday afternoon. We're there between guided tours so we didn't take the tour, which we would have liked. The library was pretty, but smaller than on pictures. Without guided tour, it wasn't as interesting as it looked. Check the...More

Thank HeaveNEarth
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Hello HeaveNEarth, I hope you are doing well and thank you for your comment. Glad to hear that you were able to visit the library and too bad about being in between tours. Our tour times are indicated on the chalkboard outside (During the tour...More

Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

On our last visit to Quebec City, our concierge recommended visiting Morrin Center but we did not fit it in. This visit, we were looking for things to do that we had not done before and stopped by. We had just missed a tour in...More

Thank Diane B M
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Hello On_foot_29401, I hope you are doing well and thank you so much for your nice comment. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and I do hope that you were able to take a peak at the oldest book in our collection? (Hint:...More

Reviewed October 11, 2017

Very cool to see the old jail ~actual cells and death row cells. Interesting history - upper floors turned into a school. Love that they saved the building and re purposed it. Great tour and lots of fun facts.

Thank vtflamingo
Reviewed October 7, 2017

The setting for Louise Penny's 12th novel featuring Inspecor Gamache is right in the Old City. Guided and sel guided tours available. Well worth the time spent escaping from the crowds of tourists and shopping lures!

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Reviewed October 5, 2017

Very interesting history of the usage of the building, which was first built as a jail and now holds an impressive library and community center.

Thank maryfweeks
Reviewed October 3, 2017

Interesting old building which was once the city jail, then a college, is now a library and historic site. Very interesting tour of the rooms. Library is staffed with a librarian who eagerly answers questions and offers information.

Thank Leslie S
Reviewed September 28, 2017

If you've read "Bury Your Dead" you know about this place. If not, go anyway! Wonderful tour of the ancient jail cells, the biology lab, and the beautiful library! Tour guide was well-informed--a true delight to listen to her!

Thank mspeed
Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

A very interesting library. Beautiful old architecture. Free to see the library but must pay for a tour of the prison cells in the basement area. We didn't see the prison area but enjoyed the rest. Super nice employees!

Thank JHeskin
Reviewed September 18, 2017

I am not sure what we were expecting but we we underwhelmed. Not a must see. I am impressed that they have a five hundred year old book in the chemistry lab.

Thank K M
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Hello K M, Thanks for your comment. We are happy that you got a chance to take a tour of this 200 + year old historic building and see the oldest book from the collection. Thanks again!

Reviewed September 12, 2017

A fascinating place to visit. One still gets the old feeling of the jail. You can even get locked into a cell if you so desire. The library was quite a surprise. It is worth a membership. Put this on your list to see in...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 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