We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Morrin Centre

44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
418-694-9147
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 141 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Write a Review

266 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    175
    74
    15
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Long Island NY
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
92 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fredon, New Jersey, United States
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
East Rockaway, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Ontario
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I had planned a visit to this attraction since I had read prior about it on tripadvisor. It was so worth our time. We registered for an English guided tour. It was very interactive as well as historical. The price was very low when comparing it to other guided tours in Quebec City. The highlight for us was probably actually... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Niagara Falls, Canada
Top Contributor
212 reviews 212 reviews
77 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Surrey, Canada
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
braddotcom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Miami Beach
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
39 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
globeseeker007
Top Contributor
914 reviews 914 reviews
507 attraction reviews
987 helpful votes 987 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Morrin Centre also viewed

 
Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City, Quebec
 

Been to Morrin Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing