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Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
Ranked #12 of 219 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, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We loved our visit! Thanks to Louise Penny, author, for sparking our interest.
Our guide, Ben, was the best! He told the stories with such emotion that they seemed to come alive. The still open library contains such fascinating history that we wanted to sit down and begin reading. We would certainly become a member if we lived near by.
Dr. Morrin played a great role in Quebec's history. Make time to viisit!

Thank Zeldasue
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

My partner and I took the Discovery Tour at the Morrin Centre and it was time very well spent, The cost was only 10 dollars each and the tour lasted about an hour. The tour conisted of four parts: the exterior architecture, the Morrin College, the Jail, and the Literary and Historical Society Library.
Each and every part of the tour is of interest. The architecture and the role of the building throughout the centuries is facinating. The college part had a great classroom with original scientiic instruments from the late 1800s. The jail part showed the cells, artifacts of torture, and everyday prison life, a trap door, and a computer visual presentaion of the prison. The Library which still operates is in a very special room with a walk around upper deck, a book collection of thousands of rare titles and artwork thoughout the room. There is much more on the tour and I have just mentioned the highlights here.
Any tour though is judged by the quality of the tour guide. Our guide, Ben, was extremely well informed, forthcoming, friendly and is clealy a lover of history and enjoys his work. All guides are bilingual, dress in period clothing, and are able to answer any questions - certainly Ben answered all of our questions.
The Morrin Centre is within the walled city so it is easy to get to the centre. Tours are throughout the day but we advise you check the schedule online so the wait is no longer than necessary.
This is one of the best tours for this type of facility we have ever had and recommend it highly.

2  Thank Travellingtheworld1
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

What a find. A little place with lots of history - from the jail to the university to the library. The stories the guide had were great - put things in great perspective. The most unusual was the full labratory space for the students during the university time - most often they are not seen anymore as they are demolished and/or renovated. Well worth the time!

1  Thank Nick D
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Followed TripAdvisor recommendations and visited place. Great tour by our guide Phillippe (hope I'm spelling that correctly). Prison cells, old science labs and a beautiful library. Interesting and entertaining

Thank mbs_MA
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This was the first prison in Quebec and there are still some cells there and the rest of the prison is shown to those smart enough to drop by the Morrin Centre. The tour was $10, a little steep for a 45-minute tour but if the money keeps the place running as well as it does, great.

The building also houses a working library and was home to a university that closed in 1902. I found that sadder than the tales of the prisoners, which were pretty stark at times. We had a 7 year old girl (turning eight the next day) on the tour with her uncle and she was a hoot. You never know who you are going to meet on tours.

History matters and in an historic city like this one, the Morrin Centre is a can't miss spot.

Thank nyredhawk
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