The Old Melbourne Gaol was the best thing we did In Melbourne. It was fascinating of what we found out
Developing the prison into a tourist attraction is a very big and interesting brain hole, and the bigger one is that it can make an appointment for a weekly night tour of the prison with candles in advance. This unique experience must not be missed. It is very unforgettable. There was a very famous burglar in Australia. There's his logo inside.
Melbourne's old prison is next door to the Royal Melbourne Polytechnic University. Its unique architectural style resembles a solemn old castle. The reason why it is famous is that it once detained and executed the famous Greenwood Great Zei Ned Kelly in Australia. Visiting the old prison is a fee-based and inexpensive one. You can see some torture tools, Nederkeley's armor helmet, masks and lifelike performances used at that time, which reproduced the original environment of the old Melbourne prison.
Melbourne's old prison is the oldest Victorian prison in existence. Originally used to hold manic and stubborn criminals, it is now a museum with all the original settings. After purchasing the tickets, you can get the "Tourist Guide" in Chinese. Near the corners of Victoria Street and Russell Street are already dark bluestone buildings, which are now only part of them. That is "cell building". The interior has access in the middle and three-storey single cells on both sides, which are still very cold even in summer. It showcases all kinds of torture tools, such as hanging table, whipping platform, whip, handcuffs, fetters and so on. It is shocking. 104 executioners were executed here, and Ned Kelly, the first member of an Australian legendary band of robbers, was hanged in 1880. Hand-made helmet, armor and other death masks used in his final battle with the police were displayed. Every day, the museum has a prison experience activity, Watch House Experience. Interested visitors may wish to pay attention to the schedule of the day's activities when they enter the museum. They can attend the event 10 minutes before the event starts. After the event begins, you will get a Charge Sheet, which records the name, address, charges, location of arrest, etc. "Prison Guard" will give a few minutes for each visitor to remember these contents, and then "Prison Guard" will take you "Prison Guard" into prison, and urgently ask you to follow his instructions, including a symbolic body search, etc. The atmosphere was created as it really was. Men and women tourists are divided into two groups, each locked in a confinement room, narrow space, claustrophobic environment, people feel the oppression of suffocation. The whole experience lasts about 30-40 minutes. After experiencing "imprisonment", visitors can take a picture of a prisoner with a number in front of the scene. If they like, they can print out the number in the souvenir shop as a souvenir. After the experience, he did not take "prisoner photo"
To experience the prison culture, the old Melbourne prison has now withdrawn all prisoners and is open to the public. Although it is in the summer, the environment inside is still cold and humid, but volunteers (prison sergeants) are quite willing to ask you what crime you have committed, rude and vulgar language, and finally put you in the black house, so that you can feel the sense of being a prisoner. ..
When I was in Melbourne, the hotel I stayed in was very close to the old prison, so I went to see it. The overall structure of the prison has not changed, especially the thick outer walls and iron windows, which seem to arouse people's imagination of its inside. It is said that the prison is more famous because there was a green forest robber in custody. In the past 100 years, the legendary story of the robbers has been adapted many times into novels, TV plays and literary works. Of course, now the prison has become a scenic spot. We need to buy tickets when we go inside. When we go there, there is a wave of pupils visiting the prison. It's also interesting to communicate with these young and old people.
Real old prisons. The gallows should be complete in the warehouse. When buying tickets, the staff introduced the situation of the old prison. When they entered the prison, the visitors were told "past stories" - "several famous robbers were serving their sentences here at regular intervals. There are many people's stories on the wall. The real thing is shocking. There is a discount for purchasing tickets on the basis of student certificates. )
Old prisons are really worth visiting, just like a solemn old castle built in 1861-1864. It was once a highly fortified prison. It was closed in 1929. During World War II, it was briefly opened for prisoners of war. Now it is a scenic spot.
Experience activities, in the stern voice of female prison guards, men and women stand apart, raise their hands, hold their heads, open their mouths, face walls, jail cells, lectures and so on, feel the life of prisoners, interesting. We also saw the gallows and the whipping tables.