Société des musées du Québec

Morrin Centre - The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec

En famille

En famille


In the heart of Old Quebec, disccover a nationally-recognized heritage site and leading English-language cultural centre. The Morrin Centre is managed by Canada’s oldest existing learned society, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (LHSQ). Built from 1808 to 1813 on the foundations of the Royal Redoubt dating back to the days of New France, the building housed the city’s common gaol, an English-language college affiliated with McGill University and the LHSQ’s magnificent library.


The Morrin Centre’s history makes it the only building in Quebec City to have imprisoned, educated and entertained the public over a period of 200 years.

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Museum experiences

  • Ramble through the sinister jail cells. See graffiti carved into the floors by inmates and the iron rings used to chain them down. 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.
  • 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.