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Entry to the Bending the Bars exhibition is included with the Watch House Experience Ticket ($5 per person).

Spaces on the Watch House Experience are limited. Purchase tickets at the desk when you arrive.

Bending the Bars Exhibition

10am - 5pm

Open Daily

Bending the Bars commemorates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria.

The exhibition curated by Andrew Gaynor and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) shares the stories and processes that led to the passing of a historic law reform, through the words and experiences of key participants.

The gay and lesbian community in Victoria found common cause in their fight against unjust laws. The exhibition reveals a poignant and life affirming history using an engaging combination of text, images, and art. It celebrates the significant and vital changes for which the LGBTIQ+ community fought hard to achieve in health, arts and legal reform. It also explores the darker episodes in the ongoing struggle for equality. 

The City Watch House is both a venue and object for this exhibition. It was a place of detention for those charged within Melbourne’s CBD under discriminatory laws based on sexuality.


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