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“Discovery Tour, very enjoyable!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
44 Chausee des Ecossais, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
418-694-9147
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Ranked #8 of 119 Attractions in Quebec City
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks
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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 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Discovery Tour, very enjoyable!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My husband & I took the Discovery Tour today. He was humoring me a bit and being a good sport by agreeing to go. Now he is insisting I write this review, right now! Sarah our guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly, a real gem. The Morrin Center was at one time a jail, a college, now it is a library & cultural center. We visited, among other rooms, the death row & the "modern state of the art" chemistry lab of the 1867 college. The tour takes about an hour & was one of the high points of our visit to Quebec city.

Visited July 2013
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Willunga, Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
57 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Hidden gem in Quebec City!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The Morrin Center is a hidden gem in Quebec City - just off Saint Jean. We did the guided tour with Phillippe who did a great job including posing for a photo in the replica 19th century Science laboratory - it was once an expensive and exclusive (mainly theological) college for English speaking Protestants. The building was also once the Quebec City Prison and there is an excellent display on this aspect of the building's history. We also spent an hour in the library of the Literary and Historical Society, which is the premier English language institution in Quebec.

Visited June 2013
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Dundas, Canada
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“Send your kids to JAIL!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Our family went for a week long trip to Quebec in May. Our trip included whale watching , as well as a good chuck of time spent in Old Quebec City.

We went on a mini bus tour of the city, and our guide highly recommended the Morrin Centre as a possible place to tour. Our girls, ages 7 and 4 were very excited at the thought of touring an old Jail, the first in the city. We'd never heard of it, but figured why not?

To make this review brief, and to not spoil a future tour you may take, I'll just say that our tour guide Ben was amazing, and took great care and passion with every detail of the tour, he made our kids feel special, and left so much of an impact on them, that when we again returned to Quebec City on our way back from a whale watching trip in Tadoussac, they asked if they could do the tour a second time! We of course agreed, as we'd enjoyed it so much as well.

All of the staff we dealt with on our two visits were great, but Ben the guide, was what really helped make it so enjoyable, the kids liked it even more than the whale watching, and are now asking when we can go back again, for a third visit!

Thanks Ben, and Thanks Morrin Centre

Visited May 2013
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Rye Brook, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Interesting history of Quebec”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We took the discovery tour with Ben, an excellent guide. He taught us a lot about this unique building, which has been a prison, a university and a library. This was a great place to visit, especially when the weather is not cooperating!

Visited June 2013
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Montreal
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“Great and Interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is a great place in the heart of old Quebec! We all enjoyed the tour so much, everybody was interested, even the kids! Our guide Ben was son nice and enthusiastic, and with a very good knowledge of the place and its history. The library is beautiful and the jail quite interesting. Don´t miss it!

Visited June 2013
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