Visit & Contact


The Old Melbourne Gaol is located  at 377 Russell Street, between Victoria & La Trobe St, Melbourne, Victoria.


Open Wednesday to Sunday

Visit the Old Melbourne Gaol, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Purchase tickets


Timed-entry tickets 
To ensure a safe visitor experience, we’ve introduced timed entry to maintain a maximum capacity of 30 visitors per session. Book tickets here.
Please note some tickets will be available to purchase on arrival, but we suggest pre-booking to avoid missing out!

General admission ticket:
Covers self-guided entry to two buildings, the Gaol, City Watch House, as well as access to download the audio guide app.

$30 Adult
$25 Concession
$17 Child (5-15 years) Please be advised the Gaol contains material that may be unsuitable for young children.
$70 Family (2 adults + 2 children)
$50 1 Adult Family (1 adult + 2 children)
$7 extra child on family tickets
National Trust members receive free general admission

Current discount offers 
Please note the below special offers are available for walk up only and therefore tickets may be limited:
– City of Melbourne locals and students 20% off entry. Click here for details.
State Library Victoria family membership receives 10% off family admission.

Cluedo experience

Step back in time to solve a mysterious murder, in this world-first event that brings the iconic board game Cluedo to life. The Cluedo experience is an additional $5 on your admission ticket. For more information click here.

Conditions of Entry

The safety of our visitors and staff remain our top priority.  The Old Melbourne Gaol has protective measures in place and Conditions of Entry which apply to all visitors and staff. For more information on your visit click here. A copy of our COVID Safe Plan can be found here.

Getting Here

The Gaol is a two minute walk from Melbourne Central Station.

Catch the free City Circle tram no.35 to stop 7 on the corner of La Trobe and Russell Streets.

There are separated bike lanes on Swanston and La Trobe streets. You’ll find bike racks on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets.

The Gaol does not have on-site parking but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several car parks close by including Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit in La Trobe Street.


Old Melbourne Gaol
377 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9656 9889 (Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)



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Note: If you are a professional photographer, or wish to have professional photos taken at the Old Melbourne Gaol, email Fees and charges apply

Planning your visit FAQ

Tickets include access to two buildings, the Gaol which houses the museum and the Watch House experience. We would recommend 1.5 - 2 hours for your visit and a last entry time of 3.00pm.
The Watch House experience is where you get to experience how the old City Watch House used to run by getting arrested and processed.
The ticket is valid for the day of purchase only, re-entry throughout the day is allowed however tickets are non-transferable
The Watch House experience runs for 30 mins, please see the daily timetable for available tours - entry is only permitted at these times. Access to the old City Watch House is included in the admission ticket and the building runs on a timetable approximately every hour. Visitors must join a Watch House experience to see this building and experience how it used to run. It is a very interesting and different way to experience this building. Please note that themes on the tour may be unsuitable for young children. (Please also note that our acting police Sergeants will use only verbal commands during your experience).
The former Magistrates' Court building is owned by RMIT University and now houses their offices. The court is open during Victorian school holidays and entry is included in the general entry ticket price.
The Gaol is partially wheelchair accessible. The gaol is over 3 levels and due to the buildings heritage status does not have lifts or ramps. Around 80% of the museum information is on the ground floor, and is displayed on the walls and in cells. Please note the cell doors are very narrow and may not be wide enough for some chairs. Please ask about our Virtual Reality goggles which enables you to experience the other levels!
The Gaol and Watch House present information that can be confronting for some children. To give a guide of appropriateness in regards to school tours we only take bookings for Year 5 and up due to the nature of the content displayed and discussed. There are displays of and reference to; punishment equipment, death masks and execution areas - which could possibly traumatise young children. Parental discretion regarding the content of the Gaol is advised and we would recommend doing some research before attending the site to decide if it is appropriate for your family.
The Gaol is self-guided and an hour is recommended to see the Gaol. On the weekends small group tours are available for an additional cost. Please note these tours are subject to availability and have limited capacity.
Yes we recognise Companion Cards and provide a second ticket for the cardholder's companion, at no charge.
Yes, we offer night tours at this venue regularly. Visit dates are advertised on our website two weeks before the event. You must pre-purchase a ticket to attend a Night Tour. Check out our night tours through the "What's On" page.
The Gaol does not have on site parking. There is paid parking at QV or Melbourne Central shopping centre as well as metered street parking. There is limited bus parking out the front of the Gaol on Russell Street.
The Gaol does not have an onsite cafe but there are plenty of options close by including food courts at Melbourne Central and QV. We have cold drinks and ice creams for sale but please note eating and drinking is not permitted in any of our heritage-listed buildings.
Yes! Membership to the National Trust give you access to hundreds of properties worldwide. Just make sure you have your membership card with you.
You can purchase membership on site at the Gaol and your membership starts straight away! Or you can join online here:
Tickets can be purchased on the day of your visit or online via our website. Call (03) 9656 9889 for inquiries
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. The following Conditions of Entry apply to all visitors, staff and volunteers to the Gaol: Must not enter if experiencing any flu-like symptoms, visitors over 12 years old must wear a face mask if indoors, must register your details with us upon entering by scanning the QR code, must observe personal health and hygiene measures, as well as safe social distancing signage and contactless transactions. 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. For more information see the COVID-19 page on our website.