Tickets for Old Melbourne Gaol

Go inside Victoria's spooky former prison and experience life behind bars

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  09:30 - 17:00
Monday:  09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 17:00
Friday:  09:30 - 17:00
Saturday:  09:30 - 17:00
Highlights
  • Take a self-guided tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol and immerse yourself in the history of the institution
  • Hero or hell raiser? Explore the life and crimes of notorious inmate Ned Kelly and make up your own mind
  • Take on the Watch House experience and discover first-hand how past criminals were processed and locked up – it’s not for the faint of heart!
Description

Back in the 19th century, Old Melbourne Gaol was the place Australian criminals feared most. With its cramped cells, cold walls, and generally undesirable residents, the famous Australian jail was not where you wanted to end up.

Follow in the footsteps of notorious gunslinger Ned Kelly – executed at the prison in 1880 – and discover the chilling stories of inmates past, tragic miscarriages of justice, and Melbourne's early colonial history.

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What's included
Access to the Gaol
The Watch House Experience (English only)
Audio guide in English & Chinese (available on-site for an extra fee)
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket
Venue
Address
Old Melbourne Gaol
377 Russell St, 3000, Melbourne
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Partially accessible
Live guide
Watch House Experience: English-speaking
Additional info

The Gaol is partially wheelchair accessible. It is over 3 levels and due to the building's heritage status does not have lifts or ramps. Around 80% of the museum information is on the ground floor, and is displayed on the walls and in cells. Please note the cell doors are very narrow and may not be wide enough for some chairs. Please ask about the Virtual Reality goggles which enable you to experience the other levels.

Insider tip

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be arrested and thrown in a cell, now you can – without breaking any laws. Try the 40-minute Watch House experience to get a feel for life behind bars with a straight-talking corrections officer to make you feel at home.

Liam
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Reviews
Aug 22, 2019
Was one of the highlights of our trip. Definitely do the Watch house tour, the tour guide did a great job.
Aug 16, 2019
Brilliant! Love the Watch House Experience and the info about Ned Kelly in the Gaol was great, highly recommend for adults and kids for a good laugh and interesting history
Aug 12, 2019
Great experience rate to anyone to see

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