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Old Melbourne Gaol Cluedo Experience — POSTPONED

An interactive 'Cluedo'-style murder mystery takes over Melbourne's historic jail.
By Concrete Playground
June 19, 2020
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Old Melbourne Gaol Cluedo Experience — POSTPONED

An interactive 'Cluedo'-style murder mystery takes over Melbourne's historic jail.
By Concrete Playground
June 19, 2020
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UPDATE: JULY 10, 2020 — The Old Melbourne Gaol is temporarily closed to the public, following the latest public health directions from the Victorian Government. For more information, head to the venue's website.

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Can you solve a good mystery? Channel your inner Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard or Mrs Peacock as you roam around a historic jail looking for the conservatory, cellar and billiard room, and be wary of candlesticks, lead pipes and spanners.

That's what the Cluedo Experience is all about when it takes over the Old Melbourne Gaol for a three-month run. Held daily between 10am–5pm, from Saturday, June 27 to Wednesday, September 30, the two-hour experience will see you searching for clues, questioning suspects' alibis, inspecting evidence and, ultimately, trying to solve the murder of shady lawyer Lion Grey who was found dead at the jail in 1924.

Opened in 1845, the Old Melbourne Gaol is where infamous bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged. So, expect to encounter a ghost or two during your investigation. The jail is no longer functional, of course, but a penal museum run by the National Trust.

To test out your detective nous in the Cluedo Experience, you'll need to jump online and snag a ticket, which is general entry to the Gaol (between $17–30 a person) plus $5. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, there are limits on how many visitors — or, should we say, novice detectives — are allowed in the building at a time, so expect tickets to sell fast.

Cluedo Experience runs from 10am–5pm daily.

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