Since 1845 until its closure in 1924 the Old Melbourne Gaol has held Melbourne's most dangerous criminals. Open daily 9.30am to 5pm.
Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol and find out what life was like for the men and women who lived and died here.
Explore all three levels including the execution area and see Ned Kelly’s death mask. Rent our new audio guide and explore the original Gaol or join the Charge Sergeant on a tour of the cells when you visit the Watch House. Take a night tour with the Hangman or join our Ghosts..What Ghost? evening tour. In the school holidays visit the former Magistrate’s Court and perhaps put yourself in the Judge’s seat to mete out justice. Performances of the Ned Kelly themed play ‘Such is life’ are available on most Saturdays – check the website for details.
Find out more about the Gaol’s fascinating history, how to book the Gaol for a function or bring your school for an education program.
THE OLD MELBOURNE GAOL IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
Following the Government’s announcement regarding the COVID-19 response efforts, all National Trust properties in Victoria, including the Old Melbourne Gaol are temporarily closed to the public.
The Old Melbourne Gaol will be closed to the public as of 12pm Monday, March 23. Bookings have been cancelled for all night tours until May 1 and ticket holders have been fully refunded. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Trust has a duty to protect the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and community. The Old Melbourne Gaol is taking these steps as part of Australia-wide action to contain the coronavirus.
At this stage we don’t have a scheduled date for reopening, but will continue to monitor the situation and all government advice and provide regular updates through our website and our social media, Facebook and Instagram.
While we are closed, our staff will continue to protect the museum and collection as we prepare to reopen.
Our goal is to do everything we can to help curb the spread of this outbreak in Victoria.
Thank you for your support and understanding.