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Morrin Centre

44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
+1 418-694-9147
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Relaxed and Informative Guided Tour

Our guide did a great job of sharing the history of this building. We saw the old jail cells and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Milton, Massachusetts
Interesting library

This is an old prison converted into an English library. It is also the site of Louise Penny's Bury... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Laura F
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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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  • Average5%
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“old jail” (32 reviews)
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44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-694-9147
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide did a great job of sharing the history of this building. We saw the old jail cells and gained an appreciation of life in prison during the early 1800's. We then learned more about the college (the first college in Canada to graduate...More

Thank JohnandMarylou
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an old prison converted into an English library. It is also the site of Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead. Just a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the ambience of books and old wood.

Thank Laura F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Morrin Centre on Sunday afternoon. We're there between guided tours so we didn't take the tour, which we would have liked. The library was pretty, but smaller than on pictures. Without guided tour, it wasn't as interesting as it looked. Check the...More

Thank HeaveNEarth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On our last visit to Quebec City, our concierge recommended visiting Morrin Center but we did not fit it in. This visit, we were looking for things to do that we had not done before and stopped by. We had just missed a tour in...More

Thank On_foot_29401
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Very cool to see the old jail ~actual cells and death row cells. Interesting history - upper floors turned into a school. Love that they saved the building and re purposed it. Great tour and lots of fun facts.

Thank vtflamingo
Reviewed 7 October 2017

The setting for Louise Penny's 12th novel featuring Inspecor Gamache is right in the Old City. Guided and sel guided tours available. Well worth the time spent escaping from the crowds of tourists and shopping lures!

Thank Bev B
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Very interesting history of the usage of the building, which was first built as a jail and now holds an impressive library and community center.

Thank maryfweeks
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Interesting old building which was once the city jail, then a college, is now a library and historic site. Very interesting tour of the rooms. Library is staffed with a librarian who eagerly answers questions and offers information.

Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 28 September 2017

If you've read "Bury Your Dead" you know about this place. If not, go anyway! Wonderful tour of the ancient jail cells, the biology lab, and the beautiful library! Tour guide was well-informed--a true delight to listen to her!

Thank mspeed
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

A very interesting library. Beautiful old architecture. Free to see the library but must pay for a tour of the prison cells in the basement area. We didn't see the prison area but enjoyed the rest. Super nice employees!

Thank JHeskin
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4 October 2017|
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Response from Patricia A | Reviewed this property |
Quebec is easy to get around --speaking English .
Linda I
1 June 2016|
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Response from Stefanie J | Property representative |
Hi Linda, The Morrin Centre is about a 5 to 7 minute walk from Hotel Manoir d'Auteuil. Thank you Travellove414 for your instructions on how to get to the Centre. The entrance fee for the Discovery tour is $11 for general... More