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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 #8 of 144 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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Niagara Falls, Canada
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193 reviews 193 reviews
70 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Stopped by The Morrin Centre for a tour in February on the advice of our hotel concierge and loved it so much, ended up booking it for a guided spousal tour for a convention I was organizing for our association in August. I've been going to Quebec City for over 20 years and had never heard of this place until... More

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Surrey, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We took the guided tour this morning and found it super informative! This place has witnessed 200 years of history and experienced different phases as a jail, a college and now a library! The story behind the building is so amazing and we did have a chance to experience the life of being a prisoner. The tour was about 45mins... More

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braddotcom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were looking for a break from the heat and wanted to do something indoors and came across this place. The whole thing was unexpectedly terrific. Everyone working there was extremely nice and they do a great job with the tour. Hearing the history and seeing the various rooms was really interesting. Definitely one of the memorable items from our... More

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Miami Beach
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39 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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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
23 helpful votes 23 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
51 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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