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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 8663 7228
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Description: Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...
Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.
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It was very cruel really how prisoner's were treated back in the early days. I felt very sad especially when there were quite a few that were innocent and some were in there for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It was very cruel really how prisoner's were treated back in the early days. I felt very sad especially when there were quite a few that were innocent and some were in there for the colour of their skin. That is our history unfortunately.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Historic old building which reeks of ghostly presence and has that awful damp feel about it. Would have been horrendous for the inmates back in the day. The tour guide provides interesting detail about events including information about Ned Kelly's stay. Wheelchair bound folk can still take part but limited to ground floor and won't be able to stay with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We lined up and our jailer tried her best to make us as uncomfortable as possible. She was great! She never fell out of character as she guided us through this famous jail where Ned Kelly met his inglorious end. One young child was a bit unsure whether it was real or not and seemed a bit scared- But other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Before you go to the Jaol be aware that there are 3 night tours that you can do, you can find them on their website. I only done two tours as I didn't have time for all 3. The fella at the front desk said I was the only person EVER to do 2 tours in one night, and they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The visit is in two parts. First the typical Victorian Prison block with lots of interesting exhibits plus the gallows on which Ned Kelly perished. The second part is an interactive visit to the old police custody jail where you are the prisoner and the desk sergeant made this great fun. The total time is about 2 hours plus but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is rather a poor man's version of Alkatraz. They tried to be like it but failed.The actress who plays the policewoman who send you to the lock-up is more embarrassing than clever.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This wasn't something on our original list of things to do however it was really interesting! Make sure you dress up as Ned Kelly for some fun and also 'get arrested' its very entertaining! The 'getting arrested' experience only happens every hour or so, an actor dressed as a police officer takes you into the custody cells and tells you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

You know how you've always dreamed of serving prison time, atone your sin? If you want to pay and then be treated like prisoner, they have exactly what you need. Enter Old Melbourne Gaol. Don't expect a warm welcome. You will get yelled at, right on your ear, for every little thing you fail to do at their command. They... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Ha right from the front door the "officer" doing the tour was fantastic. She treated us like prisoners and when I lent on her wall She yelled at me to "get off my wall Pinkie" (I was wearing a pink top) Great to see how hard the prisoners had it back then and I didn't know it was still used... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Really it is two tours:- 1) the old prison. This is excellent. It contains a large number of death masks and accounts of the executions of many of the inmates there. There is also the death cell and trapdoor etc. The tour is self guided and depending on how fascinated you are by grisly gore it is a happy 2... More 

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