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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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This is one of my fav spots to take tourists to in Melbs. Allow a good few hours to read everything. Not good for wheelchairs, as it is waay too old and the floors are uneven... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

This is one of my fav spots to take tourists to in Melbs. Allow a good few hours to read everything. Not good for wheelchairs, as it is waay too old and the floors are uneven. They didn't have a lot of room in their cells, either, so wheelchairs can't fit in there. BUT this place ooozes of sad and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Lots of great historical information; I took the tour, and it was well worth it, though I wish it had lasted a little longer (it only really covered half the cell block). It's well worth exploring the gaol on your own too -- there's lots of interesting tid-bits of information in various cells and alcoves. The National Trust staff were,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

went here quite a while ago, when I was younger but I remember it being really interesting, i really liked the death masks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is very well organized, they managed to keep the atmosphere of a real prison establishment. Much history available about the various clients throughout the prison's history. We also did the watch house experience adjacent. Also very much worth it, the "Sargent" did a great job!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A really interesting and unique experience. I would really recommend this place to families and history buffs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol. It was a little cold inside, but it was a cold day. The details of Ned Kelly and other hangings were very interesting. The watch house tour is well worth joining. Robyn

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We visited at the end of a busy day walking around Melbourne and were totally fascinated by the stories of the inmates. It gives a very different perspective of the Melbourne that otherwise seems so gentile and cultured. The underbelly of the 19th century seemed to pass through the doors of this institution - if your parents were dead and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

My wife and I would recommend this to anyone who has a good two hours up their sleeve for something a little off track. The tour was interesting and our group were treated like newly arrived prisoners. And it was an experience! So for $25 per couple you get the tour around the cell block and then you also have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We had the best time, such a huge history, sadness of why people end up here is criminal itself, the building is to be appreciated. Guided tour was wonderful & big kids & kids alike enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

Would definitely recommend doing this and when doing the museum you must do the watch house experience which is included in the ticket price! Was a good experience to see what prison life was like and learn about the history of it all especially Ned Kelly!

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