The Old Melbourne Gaol (Russell Street) was built in the mid nineteenth century and remained open until 1929. The historic prison housed petty offenders, vicious murderers, lunatics, vagrants and debtors. More than 100 convicts, including notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, were hanged in this gaol.
Naturally, tales of ghosts and haunting tag a building this historic. Amateur historians and ghostlorists will enjoy hearing the stories of the gaols colourful past.
Staff guides will use props and tales from nearly one hundred years of the gaols history. Guests will be entertained with stories of escape attempts, children prisoners, the condition of the gaol in the nineteenth century, executions and, of course, rumours of ghosts lurking throughout the rooms and corridors.
Scary and Weird Stories is part of the regular school holiday program. The experience is part of the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime and Justice Experience, which also gives guests access to the gallows, police station and court rooms.
The Old Melbourne Gaol is open daily from 9.30am until 5.00pm. Admission prices: Adult $23, Concession $18, Child $12 (ages 5 – 15), Family $52 (includes 2 adults and up to 4 children)