Old Melbourne Gaol

18 Feb 2019 - 18 Apr 2023
Old Melbourne Gaol
When the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s, it dominated the Melbourne skyline as a symbol of authority. Inside the Gaol, dangerous criminals were held alongside petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill.

Between 1842 and its closure in 1929 the gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly. Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol to find out what life was like for the men and women who lived and died here all those years ago.
Opening hours
9am - 5pm daily (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)
377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Admission price

Adult: $28
Concession: $23
Child (5-15 years): $15
Family (2 adults + 2 children): $65
1 Adult Family (1 adult + 2 children): $48
$5 extra child on family tickets

Visit the website to book online.

Getting there

  • Take the Hurstbridge Line train from Southern Cross Station and get off at Melbourne Central Station. 
  • From Melbourne Central Station it is a 5 minute (450m) walk to Old Melbourne Gaol - directions below.


  1. Exit the station and walk north on Swanston St towards La Trobe St.
  2. Turn right onto La Trobe St.
  3. Turn left onto Russell St.