Fodor's Expert Review Old Melbourne Gaol Crime and Justice Experience

City Center Museum/Gallery

This blue-stone building, the city's first jail, is now a museum that has three tiers of cells with catwalks around the upper levels and is rumored to be haunted. Its most famous inmate was the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, who was hanged here in 1880. On Saturday afternoon between 12 and 2, actors portray his story in free performances. The Hangman's night tours (reservations essential) are a popular, if macabre, facet of Melbourne nightlife. Museum entry now includes "being arrested" next door at the City Watch House, where guides walk visitors through the experience of being incarcerated. It is run by the Victorian branch of the National Trust.

Museum/Gallery Jail/Prison

Quick Facts

Russell between LaTrobe and Victoria Sts.
Melbourne, Victoria  3000, Australia


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: A$25, night tours A$38

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