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Morrin Centre

44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
418-694-9147
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As featured in 3 days in Quebec City
Ranked #7 of 143 Attractions in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Historic Sites, Libraries
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Miami Beach
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173 reviews 173 reviews
37 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This wonderful place situated on a quiet street near the center of old Quebec City gives one of the best explanations of how this area developed over time both physically and historically. The tour was really fun, you get to feel what it is like being in solitary confinement and on the other hand how advanced thinking was in this... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was my favorite part of our trip to Quebec. This is a jail turned college turned library, and it was so interesting to see the different pieces of its history. You end up in the private library, and I just didn't want to leave. The tour guide was very good and very knowledgeable and kept us entertained the whole... More

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globeseeker007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

There are no self guided tours of this place and the tour guides are very good and know a lot of information about the jail. They take one through the cells, literally dungeons, of the old prison and tell about the infamous people that were once housed there. Then one goes upstairs into a laboratory and ends up in a... More

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Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Morrin Centre was a very interesting tour. While the website seems to advertise different tour types, there are really just two; tea time, and a tour of the entire building (consisting of the jail, the school, and the library). The entire building is very well kept and the people who worked there were very nice and easy to talk... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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51 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

For fans of the Louise Penny novels this is an Old Quebec must-see. But unless you're willing to pay $8.75 apiece for a guide and spend an hour to take one of the several available tours, there isn't much to see. The outside, accessed by a pedestrian walkway, is pretty enough. And on-line photos of the (locked) library suggest it's... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Morrin centre came highly recommended. We found it interesting, but not particularly memorable. It's marketed as a tour of a two hundred year old jail. In reality, the building was converted into a college a long time ago, and most of the tour was of the college classrooms and library. Interesting, but considerably less interesting than an ancient prison. The... More

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Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A beautiful library. Unfortunately other areas were closed when we were there, but definitely worthwhile nonetheless. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Though physically small, there is so much history in this building. Original woodwork from the early 1800's, with the prisoners names that they etched into the wood. Best tour I had in Quebec City.

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Mississauga, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The tour of the old prison was very interesting!! We got great pictures of the kids behind bars-LOL The history of the building is interesting There is the only English only library in Quebec inside Has both English and French Tours

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Quebec City, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I visited twice this year, and both times was completely impressed by the quality of the English tour guides, Ryan and Ben. I was so blown away by Ryan's enthusiasm and sense of humour when I visited the first time, I was determined to visit again. I was accompanied by friends from Nova Scotia, and our group (consisting of 4... More

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