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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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We joined an English-speaking tour on impulse and enjoyed the informative and entertaining tour. The pace was quite comfortable for all ages and we saw a great deal. We were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We joined an English-speaking tour on impulse and enjoyed the informative and entertaining tour. The pace was quite comfortable for all ages and we saw a great deal. We were encouraged to interact with the guide and had opportunities to handle things (as appropriate), explore and take photos. The guide was dressed in a traditional costume from the time and... More 

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Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Weeks ahead of my trip to Québec, I found Morrin Centre online and knew I had to go. You can't keep me away from a "Beauty and the Beast"-style library. However, the library was basically the last thing on the tour and got very little attention. I would have liked to get a closer look at its holdings and hear... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I really enjoy my visit at the Morrin Centre. It was really an interesting visit into the deep secret of Quebec city. The first jail anecdote bring you to what was the popular belief in the past. Located in a quiet area of the city.Its really an hidden gems even for local people like me.The guide was great and you... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Great tour of Morrin Centre! Visit the old Gaol (jail). Did the solitary confinement cell for about 15 seconds and it was creepy!!! Visit the old science lab where "domestic chemistry" (aka - cooking class) was taught to the lady students of the day! Beautiful Victorian library that houses English books. Great historical tour.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Morrin Centre was originally built to be a jail. It was soon overcrowded and a new jail was built out of town. The Centre was then converted to a college, affiliated with McGill University but eventually it was no longer needed for that purpose. Today it houses the only English library in Quebec, while the old college lecture hall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very interesting venue! For an event or just to visit. It is great! You can visit and rent out english books in the library and even visit the jail :)! Definitly worth a bit of your time!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a building with a lot of history. Basically divided into three parts: the original structure was a jail, then it was a meeting centre and extension of McGill University, and also a stunning library. Some of the artifacts are very rare. There are tours available in English and they offer "tea in the library". There are also other... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Very interesting tour of an old jail and library. Good for all ages. Highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

ended up on a private tour with an excellent guide called laura who explained in detail the history and past uses of this building in the heart of the old town from prison to university to library. Very interesting and colourful history of this establishment and well worth doing

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Welland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The history that has been preserved in this building is phenomenal! To see original books from the 1700s was fabulous. So much has changed in the way classrooms are, yet many things are the same. Great for kids too!

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Additional Information about Morrin Centre

Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 418-694-9147
Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Quebec City>  > Downtown Quebec City
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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