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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
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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

Date of experience: February 2018
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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!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank MarianaGuti
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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank amazinggraceb
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

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank phaneuf17
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

Reviewed November 6, 2017

Our guide did a great job of sharing the history of this building. We saw the old jail cells and gained an appreciation of life in prison during the early 1800's. We then learned more about the college (the first college in Canada to graduate...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank JohnandMarylou
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Hello JohnandMarylou, 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 27, 2017

This is an old prison converted into an English library. It is also the site of Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead. Just a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the ambience of books and old wood.More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank LauraF6857
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Hello Laura F, I hope you are doing well and thank you for your comment. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the library and I do hope you were able to take our Discovery tour, as once the Prison became over populated and closed down,...More

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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank dianebm2018
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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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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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
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