The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum

The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum

The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Polly V
Perth, Australia85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited the old gaol after finishing up at the museum next door. The cover cost is $12 which is reasonable. There are lots of displays, story boards and eerie looking mannequin throughout. You really do get a sense of how desolate it would have been to be put in these horrible cells. I think they could make a few bucks more if they got someone to dress up as a jailer and locked you in a cell for 5 minutes! What an experience!! Anyway, definitely add this on to your list of places to see. The gaol closes at 4pm I think so don't get caught out. There is plenty of free parking and it is a short walk from the main street in town. As mentioned earlier, the Great Southern museum is just next door and they have loads of kid based activities to do with their latest exhibition about Antartica. See my review about the museum for more info.
Written January 5, 2020
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elaynemargaret
Brisbane, Australia84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I was impressed by the extensive photo collection in the old goal showing the history of Albany. Volunteer staff were very helpful and knowledgeable about the buildings history and the displays. I’d recommend a walk around the gaol, museum and the Brig Amity to learn more about how Albany was settled.
Written March 5, 2020
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OZtraveller222
Perth, Australia516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
If you are seeking information or buildings relating to convicts in Western Australia, the gaol is a must-visit venue. Well preserved. The two volunteers on duty when I was there were very helpful and friendly. Visitors receive a map of the building layout so they know the history of each room. This building complex feels and looks authentic. It is easy to picture prisoners in those small cells. Cold, miserable rooms with little or no sunlight. Congratulations to the local Albany people who maintain and offer this venue to the public. Thank you. It was wonderful to see.
Written June 19, 2021
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Fosseboy
Western Australia, Australia652 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
A short walk from the City centre but worth it. Only $5 entrance. Thank goodness they didnt knock it down. Interesting museum and history and you must try the isolation cell in the dark!
Very helpful staff member who recommended a cafe not too far away that would still be open after 3pm ! And it was. Botanica.
Written March 30, 2021
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Natalie BC
Mandurah, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Definitely worth a visit when in Albany. Very reasonably priced ($6 per adult, our young children were free). Lots of information and photos available and the friendly guy who we paid at the door offered to give us a bit of a tour but we declined.

Even our 3 year old son loved it, which we weren’t expecting. He enjoyed role playing in the cells and the kitchen and laundry and actually didn’t want to leave.
Written February 25, 2022
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margaretclincoln
Lincoln, UK915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We are pensioners from the UK with a great interest in all things transportation and prisoners. Albany Gaol, the first in WA, showed very well how things were in the 1850's and also how harsh things were too. There was also evidence of other prisoners including aboriginals and deserting seamen. This was a bargain, just 2.50 AUD each for us oldies and only 5 for adults. It was in quite an original state too, which was refreshing, and the staff were more than happy to explain things to us.
Written January 14, 2020
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womblewa
Mandurah, Australia1,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Excellent value for money, very cheap. Lots to see and much more interesting than Fremantle Prison. This place, plus the free museum across the car park, plus a wander over the Brig Amity makes for a cheap and interesting visit for families.
Written January 2, 2022
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Victoria 47832
Birmingham, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is well worth a visit if you are in Albany. The history of the prison is very well showcased and it has really knowledgeable volunteers who gave us so much more information about it - I wish I had taken the name of the lovely friendly gentleman who works there every Saturday as he made the visit more special with all the knowledge he had of the prison. We really enjoyed our visit
Written February 8, 2020
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Expatinozz
Perth, Australia272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Well worth a visit if you are interested in convict history...
Only $5 entry fee so it won’t break the bank & it will give you an insight into the lives of the first settlers almost 200 years ago.
Written November 19, 2020
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montyandjude
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
We met the lady as she closed the door decided to leave 15 mins early as she hadn't had visitors for the last hour. She decided that 15mins wasn't long enough to see anything so she closed up.
Trouble is we weren't the only people who arrived after it closed so clearly if you have a few minutes left at the end of the day, sometimes you may want to just have a little look.
Written March 30, 2012
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