Experience living history. Take a journey across time—in the Morrin’s dark prison, elegant college, and breathtaking library.

The hanging of William Pounden

The hanging of William Pounden: Capital Punishment at the Quebec Common Gaol* Thanks to the exceptional atmosphere of the old gaol and captivating audiovisual animations, travel back in time to 1823 when William Pounden was hanged for murder. During this immersive guided tour of the spaces used to imprison and hang the condemned, follow the series of tragic events that led to his execution. Let the animations guide you through the Quebec common gaol as it stood in the nineteenth century and witness the events that would lead the condemned to the most severe punishment of that time. End the tour with the Morrin Centre’s new permanent exhibit, The Hanged: Two Centuries of Executions in Quebec, and learn about the history of capital punishment in this province, from the first execution of a civilian under the British regime to the abolition of the death penalty in Canada in 1976. *Contains scenes which may be unsuitable for young children and disturb certain visitors. Presented by:  

Our Writings

Whether they lived here or merely visited, Quebec City has been the setting for works by a number of great English-language writers, including Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Margaret Atwood. Our Writings is a walking tour examining these writers and the places in our magnificent city which inspired them. One of these sites is our very own building, which retains architectural evidence of its past as a municipal prison (1812-1867), a Presbyterian college affiliated with McGill University (1868-1902), as well as the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec’s magnificent library (1868-present). Visiting authors have been highly inspired by our venue and the city. In 2010, Louise Penny published her bestselling crime novel, Bury Your Dead, in which much of the action takes place at the Morrin Centre. Our Writings walking tours will be held on: Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in French and 1:30 p.m. in English. Sunday, July 7th at 10:30 a.m. in French and 1:30 p.m. in English. Sunday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. in French and 1:30 p.m. in English. Sunday, August 4th at 10:30 a.m. in French and 1:30 p.m. in English. Sunday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m. in French and 1:30 p.m. in English. Sunday, September 1st at 10:30 a.m. in French and 1:30 p.m. in English. The outdoor walking tour lasts one hour come rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.  Click the points on the map to find out more, or view the full-screen version.   The Walking Tour  

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. 2018 Schedule: The Discovery Tour will be offered daily from September 3rd until December 31st (Excluding December 24, 25, 26 and 31). 2019 Schedule : The Discovery Tour will be offered every Saturday and Sunday from January 5 until May 12, 2019, every Friday as of January 25 until May 10, 2019. Daily tours will be offered as of May 17 until September 2, 2019. Tours last from 45 to 50 minutes and are available in English and in French. To check availabilities for tour times in English and in French or to reserve, please click on the Eventbrite link found below. Please take note that the times are subject to change due to group reservations, events or rentals. Please call us in advance. Group tours are available all year long for a minimum of 8 people, by reserving two weeks in advance. For more information on group rates or to reserve your group tour, please contact Stefanie Johnston, Guided Tours Coordinator at stefaniejohnston@morrin.org or 418-694-9147, ext. 226.

Teatime

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James Come sample traditional teas, a variety of sandwiches, and delicious teatime treats, while boning up on Victorian etiquette and teatime customs in our historic library which boasts a collection of over 26,000 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. Please take note that this bilingual activity will be offered every 2nd Sunday from June 29th until Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at 4:15 pm. Teatime may be canceled if the minimum number of registrations (6) has not been met, and a reimbursement will be issued. Maximum number of registrations is 26 people.  We strongly advise to purchase tickets ahead of time.