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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 134 attractions in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

If you like historical sites, the Morrin Center is a must. Built initially as a prison, it then got converted to a college and now serves as Quebec's largest English-language library. Our friendly tour guide took us through about an hour and a half tour, starting with the prison museum in the lower level (she can even lock you in... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This was the most interesting museum we went to. It was a jail, then a school, and now it's a library. There were several small tours (French or English). The tour guide was very friendly and enjoyable. We learned a lot.

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South Burlington, Vermont
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105 reviews 105 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

This was a very interesting side trip that we stumbled upon. It's partly a former prison, turned into Quebec's only English language college and then into an English language public library. The prison was preserved when the conversion to college came along because the cell areas were used for storage and basically untouched, preserving even the graffitti on the walls... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Wonderful friendly staff, great for history buffs. be sure to check out the library with its large collection of vintage books. relaxing atmosphere.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I came expecting to be able to go round the jail as per the TripAdvisor recommendations, only to find it's closed for the winter. The library is still open and it is a beautiful place.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This site and tour was not listed among the top attractions in Quebec City except here on Trip Advisor. The reviews were so good that we decided to give it a try. Other reviews here have already explained the history of the building and what there is to see so I won't repeat that information. Our tour guide was friendly,... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The Morrin building is fascinating! Well worth seeking out! This building was transformed from a prison to a college and now a quaint library. You will find a section of the building has maintained some of the original cells and a common area of the prison. Bone chilling! A must see in this interesting city! Nani

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Chemainus, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A visit to the Morrin Centre will convince you that it would not have been much fun to be in jail a couple of hundred years ago. The Centre's history, including it's years as a college and then a library, is very interesting. There's not much parking around there, though.

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Miller, Missouri
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31 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

A museum is a museum is a museum - until you go to the Morrin Centre. The guided tour informs and the fact that the building was once a jail, college and now library is unexpected. The original jail cells really give perspective of how abysmal the conditions were and the original graffiti is visible on the wooden floor. The... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We took the English tour through the Morrin centre and our tour guide was excellent. He was a history teacher and was very good at keeping the group engaged and telling interesting facts about the centre. It was one of the most interesting tours I have ever taken through a museum.

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