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Morrin Centre

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Address: 44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 418-694-9147
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

Come visit the Morrin Cultural Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret!...

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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Unknown history of Quebec City comes to life

The tour brought to light a few pieces of Quebec City history that many of its citizens don't even hear about! The tour guides are dressed in period dress and are quite... read more

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Quebec City
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tour brought to light a few pieces of Quebec City history that many of its citizens don't even hear about! The tour guides are dressed in period dress and are quite knowledgeable about the centre and the city itself. The tour is a must just for the library, which is something out of a Harry Potter movie. I truly... More 

Thank Rcvog1972
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Any Anglo visiting Vieux Québec should make a quick stop here and perhaps take a tour. There is, apparently, little left of the English ascendancy in town, and this is a symbolic relic. Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novel, "Bury Your Dead," is largely set at the library. The one-room, two-story library reading room is open even without taking the tour,... More 

Thank steven g
Uxbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do you love history & culture? Then a trip to the Morrin Centre (a National Historic Site of Canada) should be on your list. The building has a very interesting past as the home of several important institutions within the city over the past 200 years. Book a tour - you won't be disappointed. Before our group started our tour... More 

Thank debrakgrose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Took the guided tour with a very informative guide . Learned a lot about early history of Quebec and also of some of the rest of Canada . Personally interested in GOAL history and this is one that is in great shape, and my guide was very informative, giving information on the History of incarcerating people since the beginning of... More 

Thank penetangfamily
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Charming English library. Make sure to have a look at the General Wolfe wooden statue and ask the attendant to tell you its story. very funny.

Thank Catherine P
Blainville, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

An english language library going back to 1824! A must see for a) history buffs, b) fans of author Louise Penny ( Bury your dead), and/or c) books and library aficionados. Great for kids as well.

Thank michelbellhelico
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello michelbellhelico, Thank you for your nice comment. Founded in 1824 by the Earl of Dalhousie, governor of Lower Canada, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec was Canada’s first learned society. In the last decade, the Society has broadened its mandate. The building was entirely renovated, and transformed into the Morrin Centre, which not only houses the library but... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Arriving to this place mean by its name, a place to share culture and nobody was able to give us, my friends and me, the necessary information.

Thank Marina C
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hi Marina C, I'm sorry you weren't able to find the information you were looking for. All staff and volunteers are informed about upcoming events, so I'm also a bit surprised to learn about your situation. Information on our upcoming events is quite widely available and updated frequently on our website as well as our facebook page. We also have... More 

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I stopped in on a day where they weren't running full tours, but I spent a while visiting the library. Definitely worth a visit, and the story about the General Wolfe statue is great!

Thank Victoria B
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello Victoria B, Thank you for your nice comment. I am happy that you were able to visit our beautiful library, and do hope you will be able to come back for a full tour. For more information on tour schedules, and cultural events, such as our Writers' Festival (April 5- April 9), please visit our website or call us... More 

Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Go and visit to jail and maybe get spooked :) The librairie is beautiful. we've had a few event there and the staff is really polite.

Thank leeloubme
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello leeloubme, Thank you for your nice comment! I do hope that you were able to visit our 19th century chemistry lab hidden away on the 4th floor and took at peak at the oldest book in our collection! Thank you and please come back and visit us soon! More 

Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

A lovely woman in the Quebec city tourist office marked this place on our map and told us we could stop in and have a look around. I'm so glad we did. We did not have time for a tour but did have time to go up to the beautiful old library and sit for a few minutes and have... More 

Thank viajero5
Stefanie J, Guided Tours Coordinator at Morrin Centre, responded to this review

Hello viajero5, Thank you for the nice comment! Aside from taking a look at our collection of English books in the Victorian library, we also offer the public a chance at taking a guided tour, rent one of our beautiful spaces at an affordable cost, or even come back for anything from a Jazz concert or an event, such as... More 

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