National Trust Day: Old Melbourne Gaol

The Old Melbourne Gaol is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Trust! There are many special activities planned that highlight Melbourne's fascinating history.

The Old Melbourne Gaol is an integral part of Australia’s history. It has been the scene of many events and housed a number of criminals. To celebrate this icon, and the 60th anniversary of the National Trust, the Old Melbourne Gaol is hosting activities for the entire family.



Open Day in the Former Magistrate’s Court – Bring out your inner judge and barrister by slipping on a robe and a wig. Once you have put on the clothes, take a seat in the Judge’s chair, strike your best pose and smile (or not) for the camera. This is a free event from 11am – 4pm.

Old Fashioned Billy Tea – Celebrate the National Trust’s 60th Anniversary with a cup of Ned Kelly’s Billy Tea. There will also be birthday cake for visitors at 11am. This activity is included with general admission.

Phrenology Tours – Go behind the closed doors of the Old Melbourne Gaol’s historical collection. Learn about the strange scientific study of Phrenology and the criminals who occupied the walls of the Gaol. Tour is a gold coin donation plus general admission. Please note there is limited capacity on the tours, so they may sell out.

Russell St Bombing Exhibition – Visit the temporary installation located in The Watch House that examines one of the most significant moments in Melbourne’s history of crime. The tour is included with general admission.


General Admission applies for entrance. For more information please visit the Old Melbourne Gaol website.

Old Melbourne Gaol - Planning your visit


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

Call bookings office 03 9656 9889 open Mon-Fri
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