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“bibliophiles will LOVE this place”
Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
Ranked #12 of 225 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, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This was my favorite part of our trip to Quebec. This is a jail turned college turned library, and it was so interesting to see the different pieces of its history. You end up in the private library, and I just didn't want to leave. The tour guide was very good and very knowledgeable and kept us entertained the whole way. A definite recommendation.

2  Thank kuhlcat
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

There are no self guided tours of this place and the tour guides are very good and know a lot of information about the jail. They take one through the cells, literally dungeons, of the old prison and tell about the infamous people that were once housed there. Then one goes upstairs into a laboratory and ends up in a library. The tour takes about an hour and it is worth touring this place if you have time to spare when visiting Quebec City.

2  Thank globeseeker007
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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!

1  Thank the_man11111
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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.

Thank AeneasAtSea
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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.

Thank Michael R
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