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.
Visitors can see the old cells—complete with graffiti and the iron rings used to chain prisoners—and explore the classrooms from the Morrin College period (1862-1902), including the chemistry laboratory and College Hall. Guided tours lasting between 45 and 60 minutes are offered in English and French.
Guided tours are available.
Library free. Tour $9.57; $8.70 (ages 65+); $7.83 (ages 9-18 and students with ID); $30.44 (family, two adults and three children ages 9-17).
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; by appointment rest of year. Closed major holidays.