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 Museum, Historical Site, Memorial, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol - Review
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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Old Melbourne Gaol Information
- Get the tour guide for lots of interesting stories and information.
- Not for those with a weak constitution.
Old Melbourne Gaol Ticket Prices
- Concession: 20 Australian Dollars
- Child (5 to 15 years): 13.50 Australian Dollars
- Family (2 adults + 2 children): 55 Australian Dollars
How To reach Old Melbourne Gaol by Public Transport
- Trams on Victoria Street
- City circle no 35 to stop no 7, train to Melbourne Central Station
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95% of people who visit Melbourne include Old Melbourne Gaol in their plan
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Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Reviews
Brought the kids to this place for a visit on a wet Sunday. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The place is full of many historical exhibits and stories. The kids found them so interesting. The watch house experience was fun. The staff acted as a sergeant making us role play as a criminals to be "processed" through all the inmate "check-in" procedures. We were made sitting in a cell and lights switched off for a brief moment. We felt like going back the time tunnel to feel these dark history in such realistic manner. What a pleasant surprise. Really a good visit.
Slightly macabre but worth a visit. The death masks were particularly interesting, like looking into the eyes of the dead. I don't recommend getting the audio tour. The device was buggy and it was hard to sync the audio with the right exhibit.
Mel the tour guide was very informative, kept us together and on track to make the watch house arrest. Sergeant B Kane was an absolute hoot, played the part perfectly. Well worth a visit, historically rich with penal tales of its time. Enjoyed every minute.
Very spooky indeed, our tour guide was fantastic & he certainly knew the history, also some of the stories of creepy unexplainable insedents & pictures which have been captured by visitors and staff 😱 Everything was done factually, no actors or anything like that to " scare " you. Next trip I do to Melbourne I may go on the tour again it was that good :-) I must mention even though there is some lighting, it is extremely dark! I guess that just heightens the already spookiness of the place.
Brilliant! Could spend the better part of a day there reading and looking around. We found it to be good value for money especially with the Watch House Tour included where you get arrested and processed. Our "Sargeant Fitch" was fantastic and really created a fun (in amongst the serious) atmosphere 😁. In truth I grinned the whole time. You can come and go that day from the gaol which is great if you want to do the levels in stages and have a snack or some "fresh air" as you go through.
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