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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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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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I love the library soooo much!

It's full of the history! I saw the compact edition if the Oxford English Dictionary! There is a old shelf full of precious! Quebec Adresses from 1916-1917.Even the old heaters... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
mattchoi140

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's full of the history! I saw the compact edition if the Oxford English Dictionary! There is a old shelf full of precious! Quebec Adresses from 1916-1917.Even the old heaters are full of decoration! I highly recommend this place.

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Quebec City, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful English library. Very old restored building . Take a tour of the prison cells in the basement. Champlain was not buried here but a very popular novel included this place in the story.

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Thank U5017OSsue
Paris, France
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great to get in from the cold outside. Interesting visit with an enthusiastic guide asking lots of questions of her guests!

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Thank arg549
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eve was an outstanding tour guide. Eve knew her Morrin Centre history, but just as important she was so enthusiastic! I was locked in the oldest jail in Quebec City! Awesome artifacts, history and library.

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Thank Lutherisourhomeboy
Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting building - not many places can claim to have been a prison, a school and a library! The tour (for us hosted by the wonderful Eve) is very worthwhile- visiting the prison cells (especially death row) is fascinating, then the school laboratory, and topping it off with the amazing library is an eclectic and enjoyable mix of history.

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Thank MK79900
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

My husband and I travel a lot and appreciate a *novel* museum-going experience. Morrin Centre happily fulfilled our expectations and then some. You learn a lot about Quebec history over the course of the hour-long tour, but from completely unexpected angles. The prison tour was fascinating as was our conversation about Protestant vs Catholic collegial educations and the development of... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Harkening back to Quebec City's English history, the tour of the Morrin Centre is a very interesting way to spend an hour. (It's right around the corner from the Clarendon Hotel, if you happen to be staying there…) You get to see the original jail cells from when it was a prison, the original classroom from when it was a... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Lovely building with a gorgeous old library (with English books)! A must-see on your visit to Quebec

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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!

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