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Built in the 1800s to house Victoria's rapidly growing criminal population, the multi award winning Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne's oldest surviving buildings and one of the city's must-see attractions, especially their Crime and Justice Experience.

Step inside this imposing bluestone institution, a site of over 130 hangings, and enter a world where some of Australia's most infamous criminals were held, including bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor.

View the cells where the prisoners were held, discover the life and death of Ned Kelly, be arrested by the Charge Sergeant in the Police Watch House.

You can also see the Old Melbourne Gaol by candlelight with one of the night tours!

Content: Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience

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Please contact Old Melbourne Gaol directly for the booking and cancellation policy.

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For public transport to Old Melbourne Gaol Gaol, take the free City Circle tram or if travelling by train get off at Melbourne Central Station and walk up La Trobe Street until the corner of Russel Street and to the left is Old Melbourne Gaol.

  • Coach parking
  • Interpretive centre
  • Interactive centre
Opening hours:

Open every day (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

  • Daily
    9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Cultural Tourism Industry Group
  • Museums Australia
  • National Trust
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria