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“"Bury Your Dead"”
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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 19 July 2014

If you read Louise Penny's series, you'll recognize the centerpiece of "Bury Your Dead." A one hour tour will give you a glimpse into an old Québécois prison - not something to wish on someone - along with some good stories about the scholarly side of the centre. It's got sine beautiful features and is worth the quick tour.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

My husband and I took a tour during our stay in Quebec. The tour gave some interesting historical facts. They take you into a couple of the old jail cell areas. The building now serves as part of their historical society and houses a public library.

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

With a fairly long trip to Quebec City, this site was well down our list of places to visit. I'm so glad we went! This building has served many uses from jail to school to English library. Great slice of Quebec history. If you have the time, add it to your stops. Tour is less than an hour. You can visit the library without going on the tour if that's all you want to see.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

How many people get to see what life was like for the prisoner in Quebec in the 1800's? We had a delightful guide (Phil) who showed us just how grim time spent in this jail was way back when. I even got to experience a brief stint in solitary, very dark, confinement. This stop is worth the small fee especially for families as it should bring it home to children that jail is not where you want to spend time no matter what the time period is.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Our family of four visited ($23 in total, kids were free) in July for the 45 minute tour. A very interesting tour of Quebec City's first jail built in 1814 which is located within the walls of the old city. See a small museum on the jail's history, get locked in death row and learn the history of some former inmates. Half of the prison was turned into a college in the late 1800s, and you can visit an old classroom and the library which is now a public library. It was a very interesting tour and well worth the price of admission. The Morrin Centre also holds special events (afternoon tea the day we visited), so there are other opportunities to visit.

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