Since 1845 until its closure in 1924 the Old Melbourne Gaol has held Melbourne's most dangerous criminals. Open daily 9.30am to 5pm.
The original cells also held petty offenders, debtors, children, the homeless and the mentally ill along with Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly.
The gallows, where prisoners were hanged are still in place at the gaol.
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.
These Summer school holidays (Saturday 21 December to 26 January) kids can become inmates on a mission to hatch the perfect escape plan. Solve the riddles, find the clues, and keep your eyes out for the guards! For more on Escape the Gaol click here.