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Discovery Tour and Teatime at the Morrin Centre

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--July 18th, 2017

Discovery Tour

Built over 200 years ago to house a prison, the Morrin Centre is now also the home to one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. This National Historic Site is yours to discover.

Ramble through the sinister jail cells. See graffiti carved into the floors by inmates and the iron rings used to chain them down. In cell block A6, let our guides lead you through our exhibition entitled “Doing Time: the Quebec City Common Gaol (1808 – 1867).” This exhibition covers one of the oldest prisons in Québec, part of which still exists in the heart of our building. Visitors will discover a hidden, dark and almost unknown part of the city’s history by exploring the building’s past, the life of its prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment. Learn also about Morrin College, the city’s first English-language institute of higher education. Explore the chemistry lab while one of our guides tells you about the history of the college from its first class in 1862 to its closing in 1902.

Then, let yourself be spellbound by the haunting stories surrounding our charming Victorian Library, home to a collection of literary gems, some of which date back to the 16th century.

Daily tours available until Monday, September 4th, 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm. Please visit for more information.


Come sample traditional teas from Sebz Thé & Lounge and cookies from Traîteur Buffet Maison while boning up on Victorian etiquette and teatime customs in our historic library which boasts a collection of over 25,000 books, a spiral staircase reminiscent of the library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and artifacts dating back to a time when afternoon tea was in fashion. Teatime at the Morrin will be the opportunity to celebrate special occasions or to simply discover the English heritage that is part of our city’s history.

Tea is served in the Library on Sundays at 4:15 pm
June 25th – September 3rd, 2017

We highly recommend reserving tickets ahead of time. Please visit for more information.