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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Throughly enjoying the membership at the library. Great selection on new ebooks available through OverDrive. Whenever I am in Quebec City I always make a point to check out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Throughly enjoying the membership at the library. Great selection on new ebooks available through OverDrive. Whenever I am in Quebec City I always make a point to check out this great building and the cultural activities.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A nice way to learn about the lives of the settlers. The centre offers a 45 minute tour and you get to find out the different types of punishments the law would dish out, because this used to be a prison...so you better behave!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mom and I both read 'Bury Your Dead' by Louise Penny and knew we had to visit when we found out that the 'Lit and His Society' was a real place. It's a beautiful old building with a rich history. We had a great tour guide who chronicled the history of the Morrin from a jail to a university... More 

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

Hi, Thank you for leaving us a nice comment! I am happy that you and your Mom enjoyed the tour and our great tour guide! Did you know that Louise Penny held her "Bury Your Dead" book launch in our library? Please come back and visit us soon! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Morrin Centre is an exceedingly unique place, as it has multiple layers of history in one space. Over it's lifetime, it's been a prison, a school, and a library and cultural center. First, we walked down into the prison and learned about the life of the prisoners here. We walked into their cells where we saw their writings on... More 

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

Hi DrHollyP, Thank you for your nice comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the Discovery tour and do hope that you got a chance to see our oldest book in the Chemistry Lab! Please come back and visit us soon! More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have taken the jail tour as well as visited the library. A wonderful and unique experience. If you want a quieter look at history, do this!

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

Hello dtjl, Thank you for the nice comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and hope that you come back and visit us soon! More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour of a former prison is sure to intrigue, especially if you have young boys/men in your group. It's a short tour but the building has a lot of history, having been a jail, school, and now a library. Our tour in English was very good. Reserve ahead if your not flexible about time.

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

Hi Carol P, Thank you for the nice comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the tour and were able to take a peak at our dark room located upstairs inside the Chemistry Lab! Not only are we one of Quebec City's English Language Libraries, we are also a Historic Site and a Culture Centre offering a rich variety of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our last tour on our weekend getaway, it did not disappoint. The guide was very knowledgeable. This place is home to the only all English library with tons of old books!

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

Hi Jimmy M, Thanks for the nice comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour and our beautiful Library. Did you happen to see our oldest book in the Chemistry Lab (written in Latin in 1524)? Please come back and visit us soon! More 

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

Aside being the first prison of Québec this is a culturel centre along side of the chaussée des écossais. If you look strait down the allée, you'll see the Irish cross and if you happen to be on a lucky day, you might ear some pipes practis in the St-Andrew's yard.

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

Hello sescall2001, Thank you for the nice comment! Aside from offering guided tours of our historical site, we also invite people to come and take a look at our collection of English books in the Victorian library, rent one of our beautiful spaces for their event, and even come back for anything from a Jazz concert to a lecture, or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Morrin Centre. Our guide was excellent; friendly, well spoken and knowledgeable. As a result the tour was very interesting and engaging. The Morrin Centre is a must and we'd recommend it to everyone!

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

Hi Julia W, Thank you for the nice comment! We are happy that you enjoyed the guide and their tour of our historical site! Hope to see you back soon for a visit! Have a great afternoon! More 

St. Catharines, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a great tour of the former prison, the modern English library and the facilities that were once used for the Morrin College. An hour well spent and enjoyed by all

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

Im glad that you and your group enjoyed the tour! Thanks for leaving us a nice comment and we hope you come back for a visit soon! More 

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