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Review of Morrin Centre

Morrin Centre
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US$39.75*
and up
Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Started as a prison, became a university and is now a cultural centre and private library. The tour covers all 3 aspects and does it really well. The prison part was particularly interesting and the guide brought it to life very well.
There are quite a few stairs to climb so probably not suited for those of limited mobility. Otherwise, don’t miss this tour

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TickledPinkScotland
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

The Morrin Centre is a unique spot in Quebec. Tours will take you through the 1800s jail cells, old classrooms, and finally the library. The jail cells were undoubtedly the most interesting part of the tour, but the rest of the centre has fascinating history behind it. I would have rated 5 stars, but my only complaint is that the tour went a little too quickly. In the jail portion specifically, the first block you visit has little exhibits in some of the cells and I didn't have time to read through them all. In the second block, I barely had enough time to get a picture inside a cell before the guide had moved on to another room. Aside from that, I do recommend visiting the Morrin Centre. The library was beautiful, the history was rich, and the tour guide was very engaging.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cath B
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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

The tour starts around 10am and covers the former jail, including, if you volunteer, a short spell in the cells. We also spent some time in the science lab and the library.
Our guide was humorous and informative and for $11 each seniors rate it represented excellent value for money

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HSeeingtheworld
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Reviewed 11 September 2018

Recommend to visit if you are into history. you can get a guided tour for $12 pp. good place to kill 1-2 hours.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Girondoluna
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

This captivating library used to be a prison. On certain occasions, staff dress in Victorian era clothing and tea time is offered.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andrea R
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