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Learn all that was grim and terrifying about the historical Old Melbourne Gaol

Ned Kelly's armour and death mask are the big drawcards at a historical building that stands as a monument to the cruelty of capital punishment. The Crime & Justice Experience is the jail's permanent exhibit. Explore the gaol, experience a modern-day arrest procedure at the City Watch House, and stand in the dock of the Old Magistrate's Court.

Tuesday - Ghost Tours:
133 people were hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol – including, of course, the one and only Ned Kelly – so it’s probably fair to assume that at least some of them have stayed around to scare the bejeezus out of the unwitting and foolhardy who choose to look for them. Each Tuesday at 8.30pm, the good folk at the Old Melbourne Gaol host a tour and investigation of this most haunted of Melbourne buildings, taking people through the dark and winding tunnels and cells of a place whose bloody history stands alone in Melbourne’s annals. Or if you’re not so paranormally inclined, you can embark on one of the Hangman’s Night Tours, which brings together history and theatre as an executioner walks you through the halls of the place where his noose was feared above all else.

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Updated on 23 Mar 2015.

Old Melbourne Gaol details

377 Russell St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 8663 7228

Price $11.00 to $20.00

Open Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm; Ghost tours Tue 8.30pm

Old Melbourne Gaol website

Old Melbourne Gaol map

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