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Morrin Centre

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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number: 418-694-9147
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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A beautiful place

We took a group of 12 students to the Morrin Centre, and they loved it. In one building, we saw life in three different time periods and different lifestyles - the old jail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We took a group of 12 students to the Morrin Centre, and they loved it. In one building, we saw life in three different time periods and different lifestyles - the old jail, which gave us a rich history of life in the early 1800's, the time it was Morrin College, with the old chemistry lab and lecture room, and... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

What great value for $10 and one hour. various pieces of history from jail to school and now a public library. It was very funny to explain the use of a darkroom to the young people in the crowd.

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Frankfort, Michigan, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is our fourth trip to Quebec but we have missed this jewel. An interesting building with a fascinating history told by knowledgeable and friendly guides. Don't miss it.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Even though we were there before the season really started, so not everything was open, it was still a fascinating historical place to visit.

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Montreal, Canada
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20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Morrin center was a nice discovery. It is currently the only English library of the city. Before that, it was an English college. And even before that, it was a colonial prison. We took a tour, which lasted about 45 minutes. It was very interesting. We were taken to prison cells that had been kept in their original condition, as... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were the only two person at the last tour of a Saturday. Only guided tours available and at certain timings so be sure to check before you go. Guide spoke a little too fast, but she was friendly and very knowledgeable. A great tour to know more about the history of this building. Not disappointed =)

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

...because you will be asked to remove your shoes upon arrival! Our wonderful English-speaking guide Sebastian was patient with questions and also patient while my son practiced his high school French. Because our tour group was small we were able to get very hands on and have an interactive tour in the jail especially. I wish we would have had... More 

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Barga, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The guide is dressed up in clothes of the 19th century. He is cute, and gives avery ineresting guided tour of the prison.

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Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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