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“(Not so) hidden gem!”
Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
Ranked #17 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“(Not so) hidden gem!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

The Morrin Centre was a very interesting tour. While the website seems to advertise different tour types, there are really just two; tea time, and a tour of the entire building (consisting of the jail, the school, and the library). The entire building is very well kept and the people who worked there were very nice and easy to talk to.

Tip: There's a 6pm tour on Sunday that's not listed on their website. If the time lines up for you, you may have a nearly private tour at this time, like we did. It was great!

Visited August 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
274 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Underwhelming without the Tours”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

For fans of the Louise Penny novels this is an Old Quebec must-see. But unless you're willing to pay $8.75 apiece for a guide and spend an hour to take one of the several available tours, there isn't much to see. The outside, accessed by a pedestrian walkway, is pretty enough. And on-line photos of the (locked) library suggest it's very impressive as well. But without the tour all you'll see is a generic 19th century lobby. The main building was built in 1712 as a military redoubt, then became a gaol from 1813-1868, then was converted into a college from 1862-1902, and finally became the Literary and Historical Society in 1824.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth an hour of our time”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Morrin centre came highly recommended. We found it interesting, but not particularly memorable. It's marketed as a tour of a two hundred year old jail. In reality, the building was converted into a college a long time ago, and most of the tour was of the college classrooms and library. Interesting, but considerably less interesting than an ancient prison. The tour only lasted an hour, and it fit in nicely between our other sight seeing trips and dinner, so we were happy. But on it's own, this site was just ok.

Visited July 2014
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Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

A beautiful library. Unfortunately other areas were closed when we were there, but definitely worthwhile nonetheless. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Visited April 2014
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Downers Grove, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fantastic Tour”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Though physically small, there is so much history in this building. Original woodwork from the early 1800's, with the prisoners names that they etched into the wood. Best tour I had in Quebec City.

Visited July 2014
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