Morrin Cultural Centre & Heritage Site (Morrin Centre culturel et du patrimoine) is at 44 rue chaussée des Ecossais. This former prison houses the Library of the Literary and Historical Society of Québec, which was founded in 1824 by British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. The library has evolved into the only English library in the city and its environs, becoming a repository for Canadiana and classic works and hosting cultural, literary and historical events.
Guests can visit the old cells—complete with graffiti and the iron rings used to chain prisoners—and explore the building's history in the exhibit Doing Time: The Québec City Common Gaol (1808-1867) as well as during guided tours lasting between 45 and 60 minutes. The former science laboratory of Morrin College, housed here 1862-1902, can also be visited.
Guided tours are available.
Library free. Tour $8.75; $6.50 (ages 9-18 and students with ID).
Hours: Library Tues. and Thurs. noon-8, Wed., Fri. and Sun. noon-4, Sat. 10-4. Guided tours are offered on the hour in English and on the half hour in French, mid-May through Labour Day (reservations required). Closed major holidays.