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Morrin Centre

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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...more
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44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-694-9147
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Morin centre in January to avoid the cold. It was great! It is free to see the gorgeous library, but there is a fee for the tour. We did the tour and loved seeing the jail and hearing about the facility's...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jennasmom65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for something to do on our last day in Quebec, and decided based on its good reviews to take a guided tour at the Morrin Centre. It is very reasonably priced with student rates, and provides a very organised and informative guided...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gnt1898
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

I visited at Morrin Centre with my wife on July 2018 Quickly stop and have a great guide is such a wonderful experience! Recommended to others

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank edyhouston
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2019

Hello edyhouston! Thank you for your comment. We are happy that you enjoyed the Discovery tour given by one of our fantastic guides and hope you enjoyed your trip to Quebec City! Thanks again edyhouston and have a great day!

Reviewed November 9, 2018 via mobile

Don’t miss this tour! The building started as a jail, converted to a college and now includes one of the most picturesque tiny libraries I’ve ever seen.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 22KimM
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Quirky, interesting building with a wealth of history. Booked the tour (only about $15) and it made the visit that much more enjoyable. Highlight of the trip!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Traveller0078
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This building has so many stories, from being a jail, to a school, and now hosting a great library. A must see. Very knowledgeable guides.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MurphsofMasonville
Reviewed October 29, 2018

The history of the Morrin Center is unique. I'm sure I've never been any place that could boast having been a prison, a college, and a library. And our tour group learned about all of these things during the tour. However, I felt cheated when...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank heartimes
Reviewed October 21, 2018

What an interesting place. My bf and I did a tour here after hours that included the history of the place as a prison and leading up to its current place as a library/cultural center. If you're into dorky things like that, this was a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Krina S
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Easily booked this on line. Entertaining piece of Quebec history. Our docent was engaging and very well informed. Answered everyone's questions. They must have been reading the reviews because we had a generous amount of time to look at and read the information in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bruce L
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Glad we stopped for a tour. We actually bumped into it and went in and took a tour as my wife is a Louise Penny fan

Date of experience: October 2018
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April 29, 2018|
Response from Stefanie J | Property representative |
Hello, Would you be able to send me the link for this mistake please? I will then be able to correct it. Thanks!
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Response from 723patriciaa | Reviewed this property |
Quebec is easy to get around --speaking English .
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June 1, 2016|
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Response from Stefanie J | Property representative |
Hi Linda, The Morrin Centre is about a 5 to 7 minute walk from Hotel Manoir d'Auteuil. Thank you Travellove414 for your instructions on how to get to the Centre. The entrance fee for the Discovery tour is $11 for general... More
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