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Old Melbourne Gaol - Unique Melbourne Venue

Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Evoke emotions, stir the senses.


Built in 1839 and then restored as a tourist destination in 1972, the Old Melbourne Gaol recently won the National Tourism Award for Best Cultural and Historical site. Marekai Events have produced events in the Gaol, Former City Watch House and Old Magistrates for the past 10 years, and today it is one of the most sought after unique event spaces in Melbourne.


The walls are lined with historic references and cultural artefacts making the venue a popular museum for local, interstate and overseas guests. Events are conducted with a catalogue of tours, performers and themes. A series of cameos performers throughout events set a style and mood, and interactive and professionally produced shows - such as the 'Kelly Gang Riot' tap show- provide a level of entertainment produced specifically for events at the venue. Above and beyond the jail-house concepts, Marekai Events have consistently evolved the space to take on a myriad of backdrops transforming the spaces into an alley, devils lair, enchanted castle and hawker style market.


The Former City Watch House has remained in its original state since operations ceased in 1994. The extremely popular 'Watch House Experience' provides an educational and entertaining beginning to any event. Marekai produced murder mystery events in the Watch House are based on real life events. Besides your typical cocktail or dinner event, The Old Melbourne Gaol has been a stage for many weddings, launches, conferences, music productions and major filming.


If your event demands to be different - contact Marekai Events.


Venue Features

Catering: Marekai Events
Parking: Street parking available
Accommodation: Close to several accommodation providers
Technical facilities: A/V equipment available
Disabled access: Yes
Additional services: A selection of entertaining tours and shows available
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