A unique way to discover some little-known aspects of the history of Québec City.

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. Schedule The Discovery Tour  will be available every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, May 14th, 2017 and then daily as of Friday, May 19th until December 31s, 2017. Tours last from 45 to 50 minutes and are available in English and in French. School and adult groups of 8 people or more must reserve at least two weeks in advance.  English tour times (Times are subject to change, please check the Eventbrite link below) More information on tour times coming soon French tour times (Times are subject to change, please check the Eventbrite link below) More information on tour times coming soon To check availabilities for tour times in English and in French or to reserve, please click on the Eventbrite link found below. 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.

When Science Writes History

At the science laboratory, discover the science courses taught at Morrin College from 1868 to 1902. Bu putting themselves in the shoes of a 19th century college student, pupils will be given an introduction to the secrets of the electron, which was only just beginning to be explored during this era of great scientific discoveries. They can then build a voltaic pile, extract copper and learn the rudiments of light reflection and fluorescence. Duration 60 minutes (available in French or English).

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 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.    

Life of a convict

An immersive experience that will put you in the shoes of a convict who was recently interned at the Quebec City Common Gaol. As soon as you arrive, the physician will examine you and explain how he plans to cure you of all the physical and mental ills that some inmates appear to be afflicted with. Then, the prison guard will take you on a tour of death row and the isolation cells, where you might well end up if you don’t follow the rules! Special treats include the sampling of period remedies and various punishments! Duration 45 to 60 minutes (available in French or English).

Historic library from cover to cover

Explore the library of the Canada’s oldest learned society and discover some treasures of the past. Duration 30 minutes (available in French or English) Available only following one of our other 3 guided tours.