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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Ranked No. 4 in Melbourne Must-Visit Museums
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Recommended sightseeing time: 1-2 hours
Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Phone: +61-3-96569889

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We spent a good day in this prison. Our family loves history, so this viewing trip is a very good experience and an interactive trip that takes you back to the past. My 9-year-old son likes to pretend to be locked up. The prison itself is also very interesting, especially the display about Ned Kelly. If you like to learn about history, I highly recommend it here.

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Introduction

Many tourists are intrigued by the history of the Old Melbourne Gaol. Victoria's oldest surviving prison, which operated from 1845 until 1924, is now one of Australia's most famous museums and attractions. Known to harbor Australia's most violent and notorious criminals, it is the site of 135 executions, including Australian convict and folk hero Ned Kelly. With most of the original architecture untouched, a tour of the historical prison gives guests a bone-chilling experience. Check out the unique souvenirs and memorabilia at the gift shop, or take a candlelight tour of the prison at your own risk!
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