Fodor's Expert Review Morrin Cultural Centre

Upper Town Library/Archive

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.

Library/Archive

Quick Facts

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

418-694–9147

www.morrin.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Library free; guided tours C$8, Library: Sun., Wed., Fri. noon–4, Tues., Thurs. noon–8, Sat. 10–4. Guided tours in English late May–early Sept., Mon.–Sat. 11 and 3, Sun. 1:30. Tours for groups by arrangement., Library free; guided tours C$11

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