Choose from one of experiences for your classes and school groups.

Go to Jail

Start your tour outside where our guides will show you markings from the past. Then, ramble through the sinister jail cells in cell block A5 where you can still see graffiti carved into the floors by inmates and the iron rings used to chain them down. 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. Take note that masks for people aged 12 years and over are required for the duration of the tour. At the moment, this tour is available for groups only and reservations must be made at least 3 weeks (business days) prior by emailing the Guided Tours Coordinator between Mondays and Fridays (9 – 4 pm). Take note that due to the high volume of requests, it may take up to 48 hours to get a reply back.

Guided virtual experiences

Live streaming tours offer a deeper look at the history of the Morrin Centre! Explore the Morrin Centre from home with this live, interactive experience. Discover the secrets and explore some lesser known spaces of our National Historic Site. On this unique tour, your group, team or family will travel online with your own guide. Guides carry mobile devices that capture live video as they narrate your journey, showcase architecture, and engage you in conversation about the different periods of the Morrin Centre. Cost: $145 per group. Maximum of 30 participants. Reservations are mandatory. To book a tour, please contact Stefanie Johnston, Guided Tours Coorinator.

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.

Life of a convict

A theatrical 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).

Teatime

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 27,000 books.