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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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  • This is a delight for anglophone. You’ll find books of all genres. The library itself is a sight to see. The guided tour of the prison below if very informative and entertaining. I love spending time....  more
    This is a delight for anglophone. You’ll find books of all genres. The library itself is a sight to see. The guided tour of the prison below if very informative and entertaining. I love spending time....  more »
  • This building is very interesting. Its original purpose was as a prison and one can see the cells. Its current purpose is as a library which also has some interesting relics. It was one of my... 
    This building is very interesting. Its original purpose was as a prison and one can see the cells. Its current purpose is as a library which also has some interesting relics. It was one of my...  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.

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