Old Melbourne Gaol Review

The Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Australia’s most notorious prison’s which has been converted into museum. The prison was first opened in 1841 and remained open until 1929. Since then it was used as a military prison in WW2 and then as a police storage facility until it was converted into a museum in 1972. A total of 168 executions occurred in the Gaol with 4 of them being women. The most well known execution was that of Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bush ranger.

Admission to the museum costs $18.50 and included in this price is admission to the City Watch house located next door to the Gaol. There are no guided tours of the museum, but there are employees inside that will give further background on the Gaol and a few of its exhibits. You are able to walk throughout the prison, into cells and learn about the history behind the prison through placards, artifacts and even short videos. Be sure to check out the City Watch House as it is well worth the wait. This guided tour of the old City Watch House is quite interactive and informative and will give you a first hand view of what its like to be arrested.

Official Website: Old Melbourne Gaol

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Posted by Pete Mitchell