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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

A spooky collection of death masks, a gallows, clanging cell doors – hey, what’s not to love about this creepy place?!

This is where infamous bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged. You can get locked up in the former City Watch House next door, or take part in a mock court in the old Magistrates’ Court!


Great for both (older) kids and adults!

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.

Home to our oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s.

Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct.

Look out for the school holiday program to keep you on your toes!

Where: The Old Melbourne Gaol Crime and Justice Experience is located on Russell St (between Victoria and La Trobe St) and comprises of the Old Melbourne Gaol, former City Watch House and City Court One of the Old Magistrates` Court.

Getting there by public transport:

  • By train – Melbourne Central Station (2 min walk)
  • By car - Melways Reference: 2B F12
  • By tram – City Circle Tram Stop - corner of La Trobe and Russell Street: Tram No. 24, Stop No. 7 or

Tram 30 also runs along La Trobe Street every 10-14 minutes every day of the week in both directions.

Hours: Open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)


  • Adult - $25
  • Child - $13.50
  • Concession - $20
  • Family - $55 (2 Adults and up to 4 children)

Contact: Telephone 8663 7228




Melbourne, Australia


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