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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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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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Fascinating - a MUST!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
davidmandy1941
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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 via mobile

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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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Harvard, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Learned a few things about the history of the building and area. Entertaining for the 45 minute length.

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Rhenen, Utrecht, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Nils (11): The most beautiful and interesting museum that we've visited during our stay in Québec! To be locked up in jail was very nice, but the English Library at the end of the guided tour was the best surprise ever!

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Rochester, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

My wife, two kids, and I visited the Morrin Centre on the last day of our trip to Quebec City. We tried to visit the day previous only to find out that tours are made by reservation, not just by stopping by. We also felt that the gentleman that helped us buy our tickets was trying to let us know... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The address is easy to find online, the building not so much. The main entrance lies to the side, not facing the street. Our guide Ryan was awesome! There were only 4 in our group, so we got to see many things that were not on the regular tour. He took us to see the old prison, then the chemistry... More 

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