Visit the Historic Old Melbourne Gaol

  • Wed Aug 23 - Sun Dec 31 2017
  • Kids
  • From: $15.00

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The Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne's oldest surviving buildings full of history and stories from years ago.

Built in the mid-1800s, it was an iconic building and one of authority. Over the years, it was home to many dangerous criminals as well as petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill.

Between 1842 and its closure in 1929 the gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly.

The three-storey museum displays information and memorabilia of the prisoners and staff, including death masks of the executed criminals. At one time the museum displayed Ned Kelly's skull, before it was stolen in 1978.

Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol to find out was life was like for the men and women who lived and died here all those years ago.

A range of tours are available including tours of the Gaol itself, Ghost Tours and the City Watch House Experience where you learn what it is like to be arrested.

Parents please be advised the Gaol contains historic material that may be unsuitable for young children.

Where:      377 Russell Street, Carlton
When:       Monday - Sunday; 9.30am-5pm
Cost:         $28 Adult; $15 Child (5-15 years)

For more information, visit the website.

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