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Old Melbourne Gaol
Top 4 in Must-Visit Museums

125 Reviews
Liked by 15
Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61-3-96569889

What people are saying:

Very interesting and interactive. You should check this place out if you are in to history.

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  • 619je

    Gaol is one of Melbourne's top attractions

    Like most of Melbourne's early public buildings, the Old Melboune Gaol is made of bluestone. Bluestone was cheap and durable. The Gaol is still standing; construction began in 1839. Among the many ...

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  • jimchacko

    Good historical place in Melbourne

    Old Melbourne gaol is famous for ned Kelly. If you are in Melbourne cbd , then visit this historical place. It is just behind RMIT university; city campus. The best thing is the drama that is ha...

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  • 200claret

    Fun tour

    Really enjoyed our visit. Perfect activity for a rainy day. Saw lots of kids enjoying the tour too. We did a self guided tour and it was really easy to follow. The information is well laid out and the...

    Reviewed on /Date(1591482158000+0800)/
  • 01649409

    Nice to be arrested

    This gaol has been home of some famous criminals and really deserves a visit. The "rooms" are interesting to see and there is a lot of information to read. Being arrested by a sergeant makes the exper...

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  • Liz H
    Liz H
    Reservoir, Australia

    Interesting & educational

    When the world had closed sown due to covid19 it was great to find Melbourne Gaol open. The staff were knowledgeable & wanting to share some of the gruesome stories. The goal is a great buulding in it...

    Reviewed on /Date(1584828617000+0800)/

Additional Information


Many tourists are intrigued by the history of the Old Melbourne Gaol. Victoria's oldest surviving prison, which operated from 1845 until 1924, is now one of Australia's most famous museums and attractions. Known to harbor Australia's most violent and notorious criminals, it is the site of 135 executions, including Australian convict and folk hero Ned Kelly. With most of the original architecture untouched, a tour of the historical prison gives guests a bone-chilling experience. Check out the unique souvenirs and memorabilia at the gift shop, or take a candlelight tour of the prison at your own risk!
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