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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 139 attractions in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Downers Grove, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Though physically small, there is so much history in this building. Original woodwork from the early 1800's, with the prisoners names that they etched into the wood. Best tour I had in Quebec City.

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Mississauga, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The tour of the old prison was very interesting!! We got great pictures of the kids behind bars-LOL The history of the building is interesting There is the only English only library in Quebec inside Has both English and French Tours

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Quebec City, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I visited twice this year, and both times was completely impressed by the quality of the English tour guides, Ryan and Ben. I was so blown away by Ryan's enthusiasm and sense of humour when I visited the first time, I was determined to visit again. I was accompanied by friends from Nova Scotia, and our group (consisting of 4... More

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Wilmington, NC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We would have never visited the Morrin Centre if it weren't for author Louise Penny. She featured the Center's library in a recent book, "Bury Your Dead," so I was pleased to find out that the Center offered tours. Our guide was a history teacher on summer break, and he was entertaining and knowledgeable. Definitely worth a visit!

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Anaheim, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
8 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you read Louise Penny's series, you'll recognize the centerpiece of "Bury Your Dead." A one hour tour will give you a glimpse into an old Québécois prison - not something to wish on someone - along with some good stories about the scholarly side of the centre. It's got sine beautiful features and is worth the quick tour.

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North Stonington, Connecticut
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My husband and I took a tour during our stay in Quebec. The tour gave some interesting historical facts. They take you into a couple of the old jail cell areas. The building now serves as part of their historical society and houses a public library.

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Dodge Co., Wisconsin
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92 reviews 92 reviews
49 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

With a fairly long trip to Quebec City, this site was well down our list of places to visit. I'm so glad we went! This building has served many uses from jail to school to English library. Great slice of Quebec history. If you have the time, add it to your stops. Tour is less than an hour. You can... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

How many people get to see what life was like for the prisoner in Quebec in the 1800's? We had a delightful guide (Phil) who showed us just how grim time spent in this jail was way back when. I even got to experience a brief stint in solitary, very dark, confinement. This stop is worth the small fee especially... More

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ottawa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our family of four visited ($23 in total, kids were free) in July for the 45 minute tour. A very interesting tour of Quebec City's first jail built in 1814 which is located within the walls of the old city. See a small museum on the jail's history, get locked in death row and learn the history of some former... More

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Long Beach, California
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25 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Morrin Centre is a wonderful and worthwhile stop. The tour is brief (about 45 minutes), informative, and appropriate for adults and children. On a Sunday morning in June, there were just 6 of us on the English speaking tour. The story of how this terrible prison became a college and then cultural center and gorgeous library is fascinating. Our... More

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