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Morrin Cultural Centre

  • 44 rue Chaussée des Ecossais Map It
  • Upper Town
  • Library/Archive

Published 04/06/2017

Fodor's Review

This stately gray-stone building has served many purposes, from imprisoning and executing criminals to storing the national archives. Built between 1808 and 1813, it was the first modern prison in Canada and was converted into Morrin College, one of the city's first private schools, in 1868. That was also when the Literary and Historical Society of Québec, forerunner of Canada's National Archives, moved in. The college is no longer in operation, but historical and cultural talks are held in English, and tours of the building, including two blocks of prison cells, the Victorian-era library, and College Hall, are available.

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44 rue Chaussée des Ecossais, Québec City, Québec, G1R 4H3, Canada

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  • Library free; guided tours C$11

Published 04/06/2017


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