The Lock-Up
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Located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct in the city's original Police Station and Lock-Up, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre combines a museum with heritage cells, art gallery and artist-in-residence program to create a unique destination with a range of cultural activities not offered anywhere else in Newcastle or the Hunter Valley.
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Carol C
Canberra, Australia1,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
History combined with art made this a really interesting place to visit. Three preserved buildings next to each other. A post office , court house and goal. Two are galleries and the post office seemed to be an undecided space when we visited. See a padded cell and containment areas for prisoners. The art was well suited to the spaces and was also worth seeing.
Written February 19, 2020
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Pete_Gill_W
Haslemere, UK459 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
Free to visit and we spent 15 minutes walking around the rooms, including prison cells, one of which is a genuine padded cell. Some interesting history provided and an art installation, which added little.
Written January 27, 2015
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Shalala
Newcastle, Australia144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
Took my lil family and the kids found it interesting. It was one of many free activities around Newcastle .
Written May 28, 2013
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b121
Newcastle, Australia832 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
Had an interesting visit to the Lock-Up Cultural Centre. Enjoyed some of the art pieces. Most of the art was drab, confronting, or displaying a hard life. A few pieces were uplifting. The police lock-up space took away from the art, as the building itself was somewhat dark and confronting - as there were obvious remains from the former 'prison' days e.g. metal toilets in the cells, words scratched on the cell walls, a padded cell. The building itself was quite unclean in places. It is unsuitable for children. Most of the network was quite modern in style. The staff person at the entrance was wonderfully friendly and engaging - a highlight of our visit. Entry is free.
Written November 3, 2014
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Kellbells4
Ingleburn, Australia100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
After reading many amazing reviews we couldn't wait to vist the lock up. To our disappointment it is not functioning as a jail tour any more . It was hosting a gallery presentation. The exhibition itself was fantastic and the guide was lovely. But all in all we wanted to learn about the jail. You can still go into the cells but all of the information boards are covered. Maybe if your keen make a phone call prior to the vist. I hope you have better luck than we did.
Written July 29, 2017
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judy t
Wollongong, Australia64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
we spent a wonderful week in newcastle recently, we did so many wonderful things and got to see everything we had on our list, unfortunately we missed out on the lock up, because it was closed, settting up there new display we were told when we got there, we explained to them we had been to the tourist info place and they didn't mentionit being closed when we were discussing the lock up, the woman we spoke to at the lock up, just didn't seem to care...bad taste...
Written August 27, 2016
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Jennifer F
40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
This space is deeply embedded with past memory and significance. Adds a poignancy to artworks exhibited in this space
Written June 23, 2016
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TomK
Sydney, Australia158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Business
This was the best find in Newcastle: the exhibition on criminality/boundaries of acceptability, culture, customs and of art itself were brilliantly displayed in each of the prison cells, each using the individuality of the spaces to great effect. Loved this place so much I went back the next day to experience it again!
Written November 7, 2015
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Ian H
Sydney, Australia58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Walking through the prison cells is a really atmospheric experience and the artworks enhance the effect. We were unaware of this impressive place and only found it by accident as we moved through the art gallery next door. The cells were still being used in the 1980's and its easy to imagine the exercise yard as it was back then.
Written September 7, 2015
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Swell_753
Ballarat, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
Well presented window into the harsh conditions prisoners in the lock up suffered. Greeted warmly by a volunteer who gave background of building and the way the centre operated.
Written December 9, 2013
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