Old Melbourne Gaol

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The Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne's oldest surviving buildings and one of Melbourne's must-see attractions.

When the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s, it dominated the Melbourne skyline as a symbol of authority. Inside the Gaol, dangerous criminals were held alongside 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.

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday; 9.30am - 5pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)

Entry Fees:
$28 Adult
$23 Concession
$15 Child (5-15 years)
$65 Family (2 adults + 2 children)
$48 1 Adult Family (1 adult + 2 children)
$5 extra child on family tickets

Getting There:
Train - 2 minutes walk from Melbourne Central Station
Tram - FREE city circle train no.35 to stop 7 (corner of La Trobe and Russell St)
Car - Paid street parking on La Trobe St.

For more information, visit the website.

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