The Discovery tour is offered to the general public from Fridays to Sundays. Reservations are required. 

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, 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.

Tours are available for the general public on the following days:

Fridays: 12 pm – 4 pm (On the hour)
Saturdays: 10 am – 4 pm (On the hour except for 12 pm).
Sundays: 10 am – 4 pm (On the hour except for 12 pm). 

 Reservations are required, please email from Thursdays to Sundays (12 pm to 5 pm). 

General Public

From Thursday to Sunday, contact the Morrin Centre guides at 418-694-9147, ext 228 or email at

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Tour Groups

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