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“Excellent history tour!”
Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 11, 2013

My boyfriend and I had an English guided tour at Morrin Centre on Feb 10th with Maxime, a very enthusiastic tour guide. He showed us the prisons, the only English library in Quebec and more which are awesome! We experienced the cells and learned lots of interesting stories and histories of Quebec. I would say it is a must-go attraction.

Thank Phoebe W
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

While enjoying Winter Carnival, I noticed that this building which was being used as a backdrop for one of four buildings having first ever North American videomapping projected on it, seemed to have a familiar name. Then I recalled that it was the setting of a murder in one of Louise Penny's awesome books which took place during carnival. My husband and I took the 45 minute tour led by Maxime, a very entusiastic and informative young man! This bulding was full of great history,going from a prison, to a college and finally to a public library which currently houses rare historical and scientific books. I would highly recommend this tour to all!! A Massachusetts fan!

Thank Beth D
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

January 25th, 2013
My husband and I had a french guided tour at Morrin centre today, with a very enthousiastic guide named Elizabeth, who is passionnate about this Centre who was a jail at the beginning. You can visit the cells: it is amazing! The centre was an english college after the prison has been closed and is now the house of Litterature Historical Society. You have there, a marvelous library, the only english library in Quebec City. This is very interesting to walk within this part of Quebec history and this visit really worth it! Most of all, don't miss it!!

Christiane and Jacques, Boucherville

Thank ChristianeR
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

The Morrin Centre is a bit out of the way, but entirely worth any amount of time you're willing to spend on it. The guide (Max) was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the facility, which was a prison in the 19th century but was converted to a boys' college from the 1860's through to 1902. The library from the college days is fantastic - the oldest book comes from the 1530's! And you pretty much get to sit at George Etienne Cartier's desk, as well as a chair that Charles Dickens probably sat in, both of which are pretty novel. The laboratory was incredible - the chalk scrawlings on the blackboard are from the early 20th century, and they have all the original lab equipment and textbooks on outdates pseudosciences (phrenology anyone?). Overally, really really remarkable.

Thank tarajmahal
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Unique example of OLD Quebec History - only English library. Wonderful tour guide - Maxime Girard. Take the tour ... go through the dungeon. Sit in the Library.

Thank Mike C
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