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Morrin Centre

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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-694-9147
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Come visit the Morrin Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret! Built...

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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A must for Louise Penny fans

Visited the library and heard the 100 year ++ history of this English only library. Beautiful, serene rooms.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Barb F

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English first
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the library and heard the 100 year ++ history of this English only library. Beautiful, serene rooms.

Thank Barb F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you are looking for an indoor cultural visit this is it! Not a museum, but a center with an old spooky prison, an old chemistry lad and most of all an amazing library. The animation was really entertaining and I learned a lot about a side of Quebec city I did not know about. Great 1 h spent!

Thank chagallvoyage
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a small place with a very small but stunning and charming public library in it. A librarian man was so kind to offer us a brief overview of this center's history and development. We were amused by the environment and friendly gesture of this place.

Thank PollycToronto
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The tour takes about 45 minutes. Francois , the guide, is impeccable. He knows very well the history of the prison and sets it also in the Québec city atmosphere of the 1800's. Lots of stories to listen to, some funny, strange and sad. I totally enjoyed my visit.

Thank Fallforest
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Really interesting and informative tour, the tour guide had great knowledge of the history and was really enthusiastic. But the highlight had to be the library its just beautiful!! Well worth a visit!

Thank er1290
Trabuco Canyon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

If I stayed in Quebec another couple of days, I would have returned, purchased a cup of tea inside of the library and sat down to read! What a great place to experience a different history than the forts and battlefields. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enjoyable and there was only 4 of us. Tip: the entrance is not... More 

Thank Anonymous855
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Don't miss this little gem. Built over 200 years ago, as the city's first prison, the Morrin Centre now houses one of Quebec's beautiful libraries. All books are in English, and displayed throughout the library. Take the guided jail tour (admission fee) and immerse yourself back into time.

Thank FLWorldwanderer
Ra'anana, Israel
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This was an excellent tour of the old jail of Quebec City. The guide was excellent and gave us an overview of the history of the region. Fascinating to see a prison turn into a college and even educate women. An excellent site to visit.

Thank frequentfresser2014
Dornot, Lorraine, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Were lucky enough to walk through this ancient prison and old school with a clever guide who didn't spare his efforts to cover the subject thoroughly.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

On Ste Anne Street in upper old town Quebec, this historic building is the site of the first prison in Quebec City. Later turned into an English Protestant College, this heritage location has lots of interest for history buffs. Admission for two is $10.05 CDN which is a deal. The building originally housed inmates of various varieties , from debtors... More 

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