The Old Melbourne Gaol is now open

We are excited to announce that the padlocks are finally coming off! The Old Melbourne Gaol is now open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am to 6pm. 

As we re-open, the safety of our visitors and staff remain our top priority.  Facilities will be closely maintained and monitored, including the ongoing revision of hygiene protocols and the increased cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces. 

We have put measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone. Please note the following protective measures and Conditions of Entry which apply to all visitors and staff: 

Updated Conditions of Entry:
– Must not enter if experiencing any flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath)
– Visitors over 12 years old must wear a face mask if indoors or if unable to socially distance
– You must register your details with us upon entering by scanning the QR code
– Observe personal health and hygiene measures, as well as safe social distancing signage and contactless transactions
– Please note that areas may be partially closed off to implement safety protocols

Please stay at home if any of the following apply:
– You are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath)
– You have been in close contact with a person who had tested positive for COVID-19
– You (or one of your close contacts) are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19 

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has prepared a COVID Safe Plan to minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission occurring to stakeholders, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors. This plan is based on a review of risks to operations, both offices, gardens and spaces open to the public. View and download the document here.

Pre-Purchase Tickets: Click here

As capacity restrictions currently apply, we suggest pre-purchasing your tickets. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival, however, there may be a wait due to capacity guidelines. If you have any questions regarding your booking please contact

At this stage, night tours and performances have not been re-scheduled, however we hope to make further announcements in the coming weeks. 

Our team is looking forward to welcoming you back, the Gaol is not the same without inmates in the cell blocks – even the resident ghosts are wondering where everyone went. 

To receive free admission to the gaol, plus access to hundreds of National Trust properties in Australia and abroad, learn more about the benefits and become a National Trust member via the National Trust website.