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Morrin Centre, Quebec City

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Visit Morrin Centre, a multifunctional cultural facility within the historic walls of Quebec City. Originally built to house a prison, the center includes exhibits related to the history of the building, and also acts as home to the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec. Take a guided tour showcasing the building's many uses over time, including sinister jail cells and a 19th century chemistry lab. The National Historic Site also organizes various cultural events. With our world travel planner, Quebec City attractions like Morrin Centre can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Fiona was everything you need from a tour guide and more! Made the tour and also the beginning of our trip. We stumbled on the centre and thought why not, at first thought we’d made a mistake but... 
    Fiona was everything you need from a tour guide and more! Made the tour and also the beginning of our trip. We stumbled on the centre and thought why not, at first thought we’d made a mistake but...  more »
  • Funny enough - we had the same actor / tour guide that we had enjoyed on the Quebec City walking tour. But I didn't even recognize her at first, in a different character entirely. Wonderful old... 
    Funny enough - we had the same actor / tour guide that we had enjoyed on the Quebec City walking tour. But I didn't even recognize her at first, in a different character entirely. Wonderful old...  more »
  • We loved this unique place. So much history contained inside from jail, school, to library! This is a great rainy day activity and certainly worth exploring. Take the tour and prepare to be amazed.....  more
    We loved this unique place. So much history contained inside from jail, school, to library! This is a great rainy day activity and certainly worth exploring. Take the tour and prepare to be amazed.....  more »
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  • Very interesting place with quite a history! The building in which the center is was first a prison, then a college for Protestants, then a library. Now it is a cultural site and a library! You can get a membership to borrow books for $20 per year/individual or $25 per year/family. It was so bizarre being in the location where many people suffered and 17 were given the death-sentence. The stairs they walked down for their execution are still the same. Yikes. I was in a guided tour and we got to experience solitary confinement. We were locked in a small cell in the dark in which prisoners used to be locked for months. Our tour guide was super good at sharing all the info and playing the role. I loved learning about the history of the building ant seeing its traces. In the library, there’s a statue of James Wolf that traveled to several places, including a pub where beer glassed were placed on its arm, before being returned to Quebec City. For book lovers, here is a horrifying fact: someone tried to bomb the statue, but the missed. So, they bombed the books instead and caused the loss of 500 books. The only thing I wish was different is the time given to just explore by ourselves. Were given a little bit of time to look at the details of the rooms etc, but not nearly enough time to really be in the moment and reflect on what we are seeing. PS: the Morrin Center is the only Anglophone library in Quebec City. It’s pretty cool. If I lived in the area I would have loved to be a member and hang out between all the books there.
  • Super interesting historical site. Wished didn't have to wear a mask throughout the tour, very hot. Beside a beautiful stunning library. Cool facts and past. Tour guide super nice and charismatic. Wished we could explore more in the rooms during tour. Price is good.
  • This is such a fascinating place! The staff was very friendly and the tour was très bonne. I highly recommend it. They were also setting up for a wedding! Merci for thé fab tour!!
  • An interesting, one-hour tour, relating the history of the building and revealing the prison cells, college science laboratory and still-vibrant library.
  • A hidden gem and an absolute must see. The guided tour was excellent; the building itself sublime.

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