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Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
Ranked #13 of 218 things to do in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Sherbrooke, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2013

We were coming along for a cultural visit of an old library!!! Ohhhh... What a surprise! We had a GREAT tour. I would recommend to all...Hoping you are not afraid of ghosts!

Visited March 2013
Thank Bruno G
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Dunedin, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
210 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This facility was beautiful and had an exceptionally interesting prison tour. We happened to be in Quebec City when their celtic festival was going on and were able to enjoy it as well since it was ground zero for activities.

The library was decadent with it's old wood and dated books. The architecture and historical contributions are almost overwhelming. The walls are lined with pictures of famous military personnel and explorers from the past. The tor giuse was informative and apperaed as tho she genuinely enjoyed her job.

The prison was unique to those we had seen before in the U.S, and Caribbean, Narrow passageways led to dark chambers where prisoners has scratched images and game boards into the floor. Many rooms of preserved artifacts shined a light on how it was to live during the hayday of the prison which was on the outskirts of the city when built but was embedded by the time it was put to rest years later.

The celtic festival was wonderful and filled with dancing, drinking, and great fried food...need more? We spent a couple of hpurs at the festival after our tour and really enjoyed the bagpipes and spirit of the event. It got very crowded after 1pm.

Do visit the Morrin Center and if traveling in September try to be there for the Celtic Festival!

Visited September 2012
3 Thank AndiS77
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Quebec, Quebec, Canada
1 review
“Tour Guide in the first jail of Quebec”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

We see the tour on the newpaper of the city and we when last saturday. Laurence, the tour guide, greet us and she was really nice, we talked with her waiting for the other tour guide. Maxime can speak very well in both language ( our tour was in french). He is great tour guide ; he is very interesting and put a lot of life when he is speaking. He also ask a lot of question about history, my boyfriend liked that. It was an one hour tour and it's seem to me like 10 minutes. Me and my boyfriend, we didn't see the time flow. We really enjoy the history of the jail and the building. It was interesting to learn about the first women to enter in the university or the story of the status of Wolfe.

( and I agree with the comment "don't take the 4:00 tour". We miss some time and I would like to come back in the jail and read all the sign than explain all the stuff and more. Maybe next summer with my friends and family )

Visited March 2013
Thank SAG801
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Quebec City, Canada
1 review
“Must see attraction in "Vieux-Québec"”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Highly recommend a tour of The Morrin Centre in the heart of Vieux-Québec for anyone interested in architecture, history and looking to discover vestiges of the city's lesser known English heritage... Highlights include a visit of the building's early 19th century dungeon and prison cells as well as the Literary & Historical Society's exceptional library. Our visit was made all the more enjoyable by the very knowledgeable Maxime who gave us a dramatic, well researched and cordial tour.

Visited March 2013
Thank RichardAntoine
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Time at the Morrin Centre”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was a great tour of a little known part of history. A really nice building with a lot of character and history. It was a great way to spend an hour or so touring the exhibits and the actual cells that were used during it's use as a prison. The tour given by Maxime was great as he was very articulate, animated and well informed. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for something else to do dans le Vieux Quebec!

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Peter R
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