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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Lock up your kids!!!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Michael M
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St. Catharines, Canada
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St. Catharines, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very pretty building but you can only see the main area inside if you pay for a guided tour. You can only see the library inside if you don't do a tour

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a real gem for history buffs and book lovers in Quebec City. We took the tour, which took us through the history of the building that once served as a jail, a college and now a cultural centre. The library is a real gem. Kudos to those who keep this beautiful building, its history and culture, alive.

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Thank Inmyownbackyard
Moncks Corner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the tour of this old building and learning more about its history. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared interesting stories about the building itself as well as many of the artifacts that are on display there. Definitely worth the admission fee!

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Thank travel2550
London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our guide clearly had a passion for history and was very knowledgeable, answering any questions we had. My main point of interest was the jail aspect and I was a little concerned there wouldn't be as much info/artifacts relating to it, but I was certainly wrong. Lots to see, amazing architecture, and fascinating history. Highly recommended!

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Thank L C
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a tour back in time. The library started out as a jail, then transformed into the first English college to allow women and finally to what it is today- a very old English library right beside the very modern Quebec City library. Quite the contrast.

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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this one hour tour. The building still has a portion of the original prison intact and it was extremely interesting. It later became a college and the chemistry classroom is shown as it existed more than a century ago. It is currently home to a beautiful library - also shown on the tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent visit. We took the tour, and learned a lot about this fascinating facility and some history of the area. Its transformation from a prison to a college and (now) a library is unique in my experience. The settings are authentic and the hostesses were delightful.

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great tour of what a "reformed" prison looked like in Early Quebec and then how the building evolved into a college and remained an active library into the present.

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can visit this historical jail guided by friendly agents, it is interesting for sure; but it is the library that is worth the trip. The friendly staff are very active in the community. Inside the actual library, the period furniture is beautiful and the woodwork exquisite.

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