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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 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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Library/Former Jail

Beautiful library in a building that once was a jail. It is now filled with English language books, magazines and newspapers. Sorry we didn't take the tour and never got to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michele B
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The reason that we visited the Morrin Centre was because we loved the look of the well-kept English Library that we had seen on photos.... Always been a stickler for books. However after having paid the $11 fee (x2 of course) we realised that anyone can visit the library without doing the tour of the prison and classroom. Is the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I took the one hour tour but felt it was a lot of information and little to see. I did get to see a jail cell in this library that was a former prison but not worth the $11 fee. The library is free to see and worth taking a look.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful library in a building that once was a jail. It is now filled with English language books, magazines and newspapers. Sorry we didn't take the tour and never got to see the jail cells.

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Thank Michele B
Woodstock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our visit to the quaint, picturesque English library at the Morrin Center. Next time we will take the full tour. As fans of Louise Penny and her book Bury Your Dead, there was lots to chat about with librarian, Rev. Katherine Burgess, who is also the minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The novel was launched in this... More 

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

The library itself is worth visiting. Small but very beautiful. It contains the statue of Wolfe who won the historical Plaine d'Abraham battle which changed the history of North America. The visit (not free) of the old jail is very interesting. Great historical place to visit.

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

Hi Voyageurparaffaires, Thank you for the nice comment! We hope that you had a chance to discover the back part of our beaufitul library as both sides contain over 25,000 wonderful books to choose from and also got the chance to see the oldest book in our collection during our Discovery Tour! Please come back and visit us soon! More 

Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

don't miss taking the tour of the Centre. Previously a prison and college, see the lovely library, old prison cells and labs of the college. Only place for English literature in the old city. Wonderful tour guide, Chloe makes history come alive.

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Thank bdicke
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Super family friendly tour. Friendly staff. Well worth the visit! Lots to learn at the Morrin Centre.

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Thank lilam172
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hi lilam172, Thank you for your nice comment! We are happy that you and your family enjoyed the Discovery Tour. Please come back and visit us soon! More 

Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not visit to take the tour of the building, though I wanted to. I did however pop in to see the English library inside. This hidden gem is worth visiting while in Old Quebec. It was a peaceful place, I was the only guest at the time, and free to visit. There were beautiful old books and antiques... More 

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

Hi Katherinenb, Thank you for the nice comment. I hope you are able to come back for a guided tour of the building so you get to take a look and learn about the Chemistry Lab hidden upstairs, our dark jail cells and hear the stories behind our Victorian Library! (visit our website for on-line tickets and costs). The library... More 

Spring Hill, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really need to take a guided tour of the Morrin Center to appreciate it. It was the city's first prison, then an anglophone university and is still a working library. The only english language library in QC. Definitely worth visiting.

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

Hi knitabook, Thank you for the nice comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the Discovery Tour! As well as being one of the city's only English language libraries, we are also a Cultural Centre offering a wide variety of events; such as Jazz concerts, childrens activities, lectures and even our Writers' Festival, ImagiNation (April 2017). Please come back and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone should go to the Morrin Centre to learn about Anglo history in the heart of Quebecois history. Fascinating and informative. Also, if you a fan of Louise Penny and her book, "Bury Your Dead," this is a MUST DO!

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

Hi RebeccaSS718, Thank you for the nice comment! I hope that you were able to enjoy a nice cup of tea in the library once the tour was over! More 

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