Bending the Bars Exhibition

Bending the Bars commemorates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria.

The exhibition curated by Andrew Gaynor and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) shares the stories and processes that led to the passing of a historic law reform, through the words and experiences of key participants, which will be on display inside the City Watch House at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

The gay and lesbian community in Victoria found common cause in their fight against unjust laws. The exhibition reveals a poignant and life affirming history using an engaging combination of text, images, and art. It celebrates the significant and vital changes for which the LGBTIQ+ community fought hard to achieve in health, arts and legal reform. It also explores the darker episodes in the ongoing struggle for equality. 


Ticket Information

Entry to the Old Melbourne Gaol includes entry to the Bending the Bars exhibition, which is on display inside the City Watch House.

To ensure a safe visitor experience, we’ve introduced timed entry to the Old Melbourne Gaol. We suggest pre-purchasing tickets online to save missing out.


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Friday 5 February - Sunday 16 May


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377 Russell St (between Victoria Street and La Trobe Street), Melbourne 3000.


Open daily 10am to 5pm


Christmas Day, Good Friday

Call bookings office (03) 9656 9889 open Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

$30 Adult
$25 Concession
$17 Child (5-15 years)
$70 Family (2 adults + 2 children)
$50 1 Adult Family (1 adult + 2 children)
$7 extra child on family tickets

National Trust members receive free general admission
The Cluedo detective booklet is an additional $5 per general admission ticket.

A Virtual Reality headset is available for mobility challenged visitors courtesy of the State Trustees Australia Foundation.

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