Old Melbourne GaolCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +61-386637228
- Ticket Price: 25 AUD
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: History Museums, Historical Site, Memorial, Family And Kids, Specialty Museums
This attraction is for those with a fascination for the morbid. Many of Australia’s most notorious criminals were executed here for a total of 133. This included killers who had become famous worldwide for the severity of their crimes, such as the serial killer Frederick Bailey Deming. It’s function as a prison was phased out after a while and it was used as a part of an educational institution in state. During WWII, it was again used as a prison for soldiers who went AWOL. At the moment, the old gaol functions as quite the popular museum, attracting over 130000 visitors every year.Most come because they’ve heard rumours that the goal is haunted by those who died here. Indeed, the museum displays the various memorabilia of its famous inmates, so who to say that the spirits haven’t been thusly anchored to this mortal plane.
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- Get the tour guide for lots of interesting stories and information.
- Not for those with a weak constitution.
- Concession: 20 Australian Dollars
- Child (5 to 15 years): 13.50 Australian Dollars
- Family (2 adults + 2 children): 55 Australian Dollars
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62.34% of people who visit Melbourne include Old Melbourne Gaol in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
47.18% of people start their Old Melbourne Gaol visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Old Melbourne Gaol
93.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Melbourne Gaol
love the Watchman experience, we are "caught" and "lock" in the jail. the other self guided walk around the gaol is also very educational. great for adults and kids
Want to have a thrilling and chilly experience right in the heart of the city of Melbourne? Visit the Old Melbourne Gaol. The staff guided us well in touring the whole facility. We even experienced being locked inside (only for a few minutes) as part of the guided tour to know the eerie feel of being behind one of those locked doors. What an experience. The facility is well-kept. Original chains and locks and doors were in tact. Good chance to know some of Melbourne's dark history.
Really cool place full of facts...Its just I experienced a ghost on the very top level at the end where the entrance is. A 7-ish year old girl dressed in a lovely-puffed sleeves dress. On the left of the stairs, watch out...
I seriously loved the visit at the Melbourne Gaol was amazing! My heart was racing a million miles an hour when I was looking around the gaol, and the tour around the other part of the gaol was hella amazing! Melbourne is a beautiful city to visit! Would love to come back and visit the gaol again! From Courtney from Auckland New Zealand
Was first spoken to a female 'warden' outside the prison, unsure if this was for comical effect but she was incredibly rude when I asked her a question about the tour. Then, the 'arrest' and 'locked away' experience - the male tour guide who is supposedly ex police: tried his hardest to make everyone laugh with cringy jokes about ex prisoners etc, when really what everyone was there for was an education into prison life when the prison was still in use. Interesting place, but could do with better staff.