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“Get Into Jail Free”
Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
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Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 through foreboding jail cells and browse the books in the charming Victorian library. We also offer various events; including a Writers' Festival, concerts, readings and lectures. Consider renting the Centre as the perfect place to hold your events.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Very interesting tour and perspective of how difficult life was just 100 years ago. And we complain about not having wi-fi!

Thank John M
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"english library"
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"old jail"
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"chemistry lab"
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"beautiful library"
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"solitary confinement"
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"english language"
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"historical society"
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"louise penny"
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"cultural center"
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"our tour guide"
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"jail cell"
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"dark room"
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"great tour"
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"interesting building"
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"quick tour"
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"general wolfe"
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"quebec history"
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

My wife and I happened upon this place after seeing an eye-catching brochure at our hotel. We called and were informed of an English-speaking tour within the hour so it worked great in our schedule.

Our guide, Sarah, was fantastic. Dressed in period costume, she really brought the place to life, describing the building, its history, and of course the jail.

Myself and a few others volunteered for the solitary confinement cell. We were "locked" in for a few moments, only after surrendering our phones. It was basically pitch black. A fun thrill.

The chemistry lab was fascinating too as Sarah described the college, its history and its interesting class for women "Domestic Chemistry".

Finally, the library was the final stop on the tour as Sarah pointed out the sculpture of Gen Wolfe (looking more like Napoleon).

A brief visit, but well worth the cost, especially with Sarah providing a terrific tour.

Thank dms666
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Thank you Sarah for such an amazing tour. My daughter, as a librarian, and myself as a history major we’re so impressed with your knowledge. I highly recommend touring this site.

Thank Amanda R
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Reviewed August 10, 2018

We lucked out with a private tour for two by Sara who provided us with an engaging, informative and fun visit to the Morrin Centre, including the jail, school and library.
Not only did she make us laugh, she was very knowledgeable, relayed many interesting facts about the history of the Centre and answered all our questions. She even "locked" us in a jail cell so we could experience history first hand! Definitely a tour not to be missed when you visit Old Quebec City!

Thank Marsha M
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Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

We visited with our 16 and 19 year old. We were staying at Le Champlain hotel across the street. It looked like French tours were on the 1/2 hour and English tours on the hour. At least on the day we were there. We walked over about 10 minutes before a tour was about to start, paid and began the tour soon after. Max was our guide and he was great! You spend the majority of time learning about the prison. A short time in the chemistry lab and then the library. Everything was really interesting! The tour took about an hour. Definitely something fun to do and doesn’t take up a ton of time. Would be a great rainy day activity.

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