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Morrin Centre

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Neighborhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number: 418-694-9147
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Come visit the Morrin Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret! Built over...
Come visit the Morrin Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret! Built over 200 years ago as the city's first prison, 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 productions, concerts, readings and lectures, many in English. Consider renting the Centre as the perfect place to hold your events.
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An unusual place worth visiting

What a find! Thanks to other Tripadvisor reviewers, we decided to check the Morrin Center out. We took the jail and building tour. It was very interesting and the tour guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
Lisamocha
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Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What a find! Thanks to other Tripadvisor reviewers, we decided to check the Morrin Center out. We took the jail and building tour. It was very interesting and the tour guide was fantastic. Loved the library. Will definitely go back there sometime and lounge around with a good book!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Ryan was our tour guide and he started off with a great joke to get us all ready for the tour. The tour was informative. I find the Morrin Center is underrated.

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Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The little gem of a library at the Morrin Centre is well worth a visit. It's like stepping back into time - so well preserved you could almost imagine a Dickens-like character might step out of the shelves any minute. I wanted to stay forever!

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Learned a few things about the history of the building and area. Entertaining for the 45 minute length.

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Rhenen, Utrecht, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Nils (11): The most beautiful and interesting museum that we've visited during our stay in Québec! To be locked up in jail was very nice, but the English Library at the end of the guided tour was the best surprise ever!

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Rochester, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

My wife, two kids, and I visited the Morrin Centre on the last day of our trip to Quebec City. We tried to visit the day previous only to find out that tours are made by reservation, not just by stopping by. We also felt that the gentleman that helped us buy our tickets was trying to let us know... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The address is easy to find online, the building not so much. The main entrance lies to the side, not facing the street. Our guide Ryan was awesome! There were only 4 in our group, so we got to see many things that were not on the regular tour. He took us to see the old prison, then the chemistry... More 

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Long Island NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We really enjoyed the tour of the jail and school. Some great insights into life in the past. I don't think their web site is current on times for tours in English. Contact them in advance or just stop by once you are in Quebec City, there will be a sign out front announcing the next tour.

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Fredon, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The building was restored wonderfully and was surprised at the history. Loved the fact that there was pride taken in the building

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East Rockaway, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My husband and I visited The Morrin Center this past summer. It was fascinating learning about the history of this beautiful libray! (it was a prison and educational setting long before it was a library..!) What made this attraction especially enjoyable was the young man who led the tour-Ryan. He was full of knowledge (there was not a question he... More 

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