- Type: Museums, Sightseeing, Tours
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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This fascinating historic site in Old Québec has worn many hats throughout its history. It was a military prison in the 18th century; a civilian prison from the early to mid-19th century; and the city's first English-language college in the late 19th century. Literary and Historical Society of Québec has also called this site home since the late 1800s. The Morrin Centre has played a crucial role in the development of several historical foundations, including the National Archives of Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments board. Today, the Morrin Centre acts primarily as an English-language library, granting English speakers access to books in a primarily francophone city.
But the Morrin Centre offers visitors much more than literary stimulation. Guided tours take travelers through the facility's history; you'll be able to explore the old jail cells and the Victorian library, which contains artifacts dating back to the 16th century. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The guide was great at telling us how the prisoners spent their day, why people were being put in prison," and more.
Between the end of May and the beginning of September, guided tours are offered in English Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. During the rest of the year, you will have to make a reservation in advance. The Morrin Centre library is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While you don't have to pay to peruse the library books, the guided tour costs $8 CAD (about the same in USD) for adults and $6 CAD for children ages eight to 18. To learn more about the Morrin Centre, visit the website.