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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
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Had personal tour in English as no one else showed up on Monday at 3:00. Knowledgable and polite young man tour guide. Prison life was definitely cruel in the 1800s. Tour is only way to be able to see jail cells, etc. $10 ca pp. good tour.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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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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Additional Information about Morrin Centre

Address: 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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