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Morrin Centre

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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-694-9147
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Morris centre

Very interesting tour. Lots of history to this building. Would have liked to go to the tea time but just didn't have time. It was right across from my hotel, glad I saw it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Ucluelet, Canada

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Ucluelet, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting tour. Lots of history to this building. Would have liked to go to the tea time but just didn't have time. It was right across from my hotel, glad I saw it!

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent place to visit!! Wonderful history and preservation of history. Great tour with great staff!!! Would highly recommend. Thanks trip advisor for having it as a place to visit.

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Windham, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We arrived at 10am in time for the first tour with William. He was terrific! He explained how the building was used in 3 different capacities and showed us the different sections of the building that were kept in their original state. William had so many interesting stories as we moved throught the building. This is a must see!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed this tour very much and was charmed to stay and have tea in the 2-story library there. This Georgian building was once a prison, then a college, and now a lending library of English books. The tour guide was equally charming. I was very glad I saw the interior of this building--nice afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Very sharp that some parts of that building are still authentic to the 1800's. The library part is the most awesome and overall, this is a hidden gem that everyone interested in the Quebec History should go. It's worth it and more. Stop reading this and go see that building. :)

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Pretty good and informative tour, headed by a young and enthusiastic man, playing to the crowd. Interesting to hear about the transformation of this building from prison to school to library and the history of the people and changes from the different periods. The explanation and tour made it pretty easy to envisage each time line.

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Harrow, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Really enjoyed the tour of Morrin Centre. Our tour guide, a young lady, was great, explaining everything in very good english. The Morrin centre was a bit hard to find, we walked passed it several times before realizing it was on a side street. Its a bit more expensive compared to some of the other museums but definitely worth a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was a random and quickly-made decision, but I am glad my friends and I chose to come on this tour. The "Go to Jail" title had us intrigued... Our male tour guide was so funny, so endearing, and very knowledgeable. Seeing the library and the jail cells was great, but I loved the fact that we were allowed to... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We decided to visit the Morrin Centre because it was recommended to us by the hotel. It was interesting to see the jail and how it got transformed into a school and then a library, but it wasn't anything you wouldn't find in another city.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It was a shelter from the heat, we learned some interesting history, and got to see the actual jail cells that were used.

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