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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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Good for Louise Pennt Fans

If you are a fan of Louise Penny mysteries you must visit here--While it is called the cultural... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2015
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Very Interesting

Great tour of a building with fascinating history - great stories to hear. Fascinating tour of the... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2015
Mississauga, Canada
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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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44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-694-9147
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

If you are a fan of Louise Penny mysteries you must visit here--While it is called the cultural center, this is where the English Library from her book 'Bury Your Dead' is located. They do a nice little tour

Thank fcmk
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Great tour of a building with fascinating history - great stories to hear. Fascinating tour of the jail, library and school.

Thank spud0018
Reviewed 9 August 2015

The visit was both entertaining and didactic. We new of the place thanks to one of the best detective stories I've read: "Bury your death" by Louise Penny. Don't miss the book and the visit!!

Thank finaob
Reviewed 4 August 2015

An absolutely fascinating site that houses some amazing history. Originally built as a jail over 200 years ago, this building was also the site of public executions! Due to overcrowding the jail was abandoned for a larger, more modern site and the building was retrofitted...More

1  Thank Robert H
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

Your the old jail guided by a guide in period attire. See the old (and useable) Victorian library. Learn how the building was also used as a college. A must do. Kids would love it too -the old jail is really fascinating.

Thank Sue L
Reviewed 1 August 2015

We joined an English-speaking tour on impulse and enjoyed the informative and entertaining tour. The pace was quite comfortable for all ages and we saw a great deal. We were encouraged to interact with the guide and had opportunities to handle things (as appropriate), explore...More

Thank slcon
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Weeks ahead of my trip to Québec, I found Morrin Centre online and knew I had to go. You can't keep me away from a "Beauty and the Beast"-style library. However, the library was basically the last thing on the tour and got very little...More

Thank AD2014IL
Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

Great tour of Morrin Centre! Visit the old Gaol (jail). Did the solitary confinement cell for about 15 seconds and it was creepy!!! Visit the old science lab where "domestic chemistry" (aka - cooking class) was taught to the lady students of the day! Beautiful...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 9 July 2015

The Morrin Centre was originally built to be a jail. It was soon overcrowded and a new jail was built out of town. The Centre was then converted to a college, affiliated with McGill University but eventually it was no longer needed for that purpose....More

1  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Very interesting venue! For an event or just to visit. It is great! You can visit and rent out english books in the library and even visit the jail :)! Definitly worth a bit of your time!

Thank Mjlaroche
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Response from Patricia A | Reviewed this property |
Quebec is easy to get around --speaking English .
Linda I
2 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