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Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol
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$19.99*
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Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #27 of 454 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had a great time at the gaol, it was kids holidays so there was story telling and activities and a reenactment of Ned Kellys trial which was good fun. The Gaol was a great attraction for a haf day visit and is very close to the centre.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

For approximately 75 years from the mid-1800s to the late 1920s, this gaol or jail, which is now a museum, housed notorious criminals such as Ned Kelly, an infamous bush ranger, as well as women whose only crime was being destitute. There is a log documenting the offenses of many of the women who had the misfortune of being sent to the gaol. A few women committed heinous crimes and a handful were executed.

Strolling the hallways of this three story museum, you can walk into cells to see the quarters in which inmates spent years or their last days. It is fascinating reading the individual histories. There are photos and prominently displayed death masks of those who were executed. You will see the executioner's noose and the trap door, as well as equipment used to physically punish prisoners.

If you like to read every sign in a museum, you can easily spend 2-3 hours visiting.

This museum may be inappropriate for young children.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Ned Kelly was hanged there. Spooky place but well worth visiting and part of the attraction.. Informative staff. The death masks are awesome.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

I was so upset by the service I received, it affected my whole enjoyment of the attraction. Staff were rude and dismissive. No welcome, no smiles, only reluctance and an attitude which made me feel I was an inconvenience. Two staff inside the gaol were lovely, but the two women on reception and another women in uniform were very unpleasant. I enjoyed the site itself, though the $25 entry fee was extravagant.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Brits beware - $25 entry, something alien to us as most london sites are free entry. Was it worth it? I suppose so but only just. If anyone has been to Alcatraz you'll find it poor in comparison. However the phrenology stuff was interesting. For your ticket you also get entry to the old police station and get a criminal's experience.

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