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Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol - - exterior

The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum consists of the main bluestone building and courtyard, located next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings. It was first constructed starting in 1839, and during its operation as a prison, it executed 133 people, including bushranger Ned Kelly.

The museum displays information and memorabilia of the prisoners and staff, including death masks of the executed criminals.

Among the many exhibits and historical objects in the Old Melbourne Gaol, the following are some of the highlights:

To help you better appreciate the Old Melbourne Gaol, the following guides will be helpful:


Essential Facts:

  • Name:                      Old Melbourne Gaol
  • City:                          Melbourne, Australia 
  • Opened:                   1845
  • Collection:               Prison Museum
  • Location:                 377 Russell St, Melbourne Victoria, Australia


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