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$5 per person with any General Admission Day Pass, including National Trust Member Pass.

Duration: 30mins.

Bookings essential 'Life in the City Watch House' runs daily at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm (subject to availability).

Spaces are limited, book in advance to avoid disappointment. Other times may be available - ask at the ticket desk.

Life in the City Watch House

11.30am - 3.45pm

Daily selected times (Duration 30 minutes)

Discover what it’s like to ‘have the book thrown at you’ in this interactive experience like no other. With a ‘Charge Sergeant’ as the guide, visitors are ‘arrested’ and encounter what it is like to be locked up in the Old City Watch House. 

From 1909 until 1994, the former City Watch House operated as Melbourne’s central custody centre or ‘holding place’ for people arrested and awaiting their court date. For almost a century, every person arrested in Melbourne was lodged in the City Watch House opposite the Russell Street Police Station. 

With your guide, you’ll see inside the cells and former exercise yards. After the experience, explore the Bending the Bars Exhibition and complete the visit by capturing your own mug shot. 

Please note: Some themes and language within the tour may not be suitable for children. People under 16 years old need to be accompanied by an adult to do the tour

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