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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Morrin center was a nice discovery. It is currently the only English library of the city. Before that, it was an English college. And even before that, it was a colonial... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Isabelle P
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Morrin center was a nice discovery. It is currently the only English library of the city. Before that, it was an English college. And even before that, it was a colonial prison. We took a tour, which lasted about 45 minutes. It was very interesting. We were taken to prison cells that had been kept in their original condition, as... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were the only two person at the last tour of a Saturday. Only guided tours available and at certain timings so be sure to check before you go. Guide spoke a little too fast, but she was friendly and very knowledgeable. A great tour to know more about the history of this building. Not disappointed =)

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

...because you will be asked to remove your shoes upon arrival! Our wonderful English-speaking guide Sebastian was patient with questions and also patient while my son practiced his high school French. Because our tour group was small we were able to get very hands on and have an interactive tour in the jail especially. I wish we would have had... More 

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Barga, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The guide is dressed up in clothes of the 19th century. He is cute, and gives avery ineresting guided tour of the prison.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We absolutely loved the historical significance of this amazing property. By chance we decided to take a guided tour of the Morrin Centre... and it was one of the highlights of our trip. I won't give away all the great things you'll see if you go - but if you like history (and there is some gruesome stuff here!) -... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We attended theur daily tour and history of the building that is now the Morrin Centre. Tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the building had a rich and varied history, making the tour very interesting! The tour covers its time as a jail, giving you the ability to explore some of the cells in the jail. It also covers its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

The Morrin Center is a jail turned school/library and now museum. Well worth the money for the tour - very informative. If you like books, you will absolutely LOVE the library. Could have spent hours in there. Go check this place out!

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Burlington, Vermont
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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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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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