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Morrin Centre

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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 418-694-9147
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Come visit the Morrin Cultural Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret!...

Come visit the Morrin Cultural Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret! Built over 200 years ago as one of the city's first jail, 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 events; including a Writers' Festival, concerts, readings and lectures. Consider renting the Centre as the perfect place to hold your events.

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Constantine, Algeria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Go and visit to jail and maybe get spooked :) The librairie is beautiful. we've had a few event there and the staff is really polite.

Thank leeloubme
Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely woman in the Quebec city tourist office marked this place on our map and told us we could stop in and have a look around. I'm so glad we did. We did not have time for a tour but did have time to go up to the beautiful old library and sit for a few minutes and have... More 

Thank viajero5
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paid $9 CAD for a 30-45 minute tour. It was a simple tour of the building that has had many uses and tells many interesting stories. Tours of the library as it's current use, a science lab as it used to be a college and a very hands on tour of the old jail cells as it was originally a... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

A dear, little library ceiling-to-ceiling with books. Antiques and tiny circular stairs take you to the upper stacks.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Interesting history to this building well worth visiting. Old comfortable furniture & a beautiful timer staircase. The oldest subscription library in Canada. You can go down underground & see what can be read about in Louise Penny's book "Bury Your Dead"....I have left this for a return visit.

Thank Clio H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

The tour was great. We took the English tour and the guide spoke perfect English. The jail was creepy and amazing. To see the school as well as the library was very cool.

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

You are visiting a city that was built at the dawn of European settlement. Buildings and streets go back hundreds of years. So it is suggested that you go see a prison, library and college while you are there. Should you go to any of these? YES!! especially when 1 building has housed all three at one time or another.... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

My mother and I went on a tour of the Morrin Centre last weekend. Had trouble figuring out the off-season tour times on the website, but they were quickly able to tell me when I called on the phone. Got there 5 minutes before the tour time and paid in person. Location is very short walk from anywhere in the... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

It is worth taking the tour. The guide takes you into the jail and does a good job of describing the conditions in the jail. It was a lot of fun and would be great for kids.

Thank Greta2753
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello Greta2753, Thank you for the nice comment! I am happy that you enjoyed the tour! Did you know that you can also plan your kid's birthday party here by taking the Life of a Convict tour and eating cake in the library afterwards?? Thanks again and please come back and visit us soon! More 

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