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Address: 90 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 4925 2265
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10:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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Located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct in the city's...

Located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct in the city's original Police Station and Lock-Up, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre combines a museum with heritage cells, art gallery and artist-in-residence program to create a unique destination with a range of cultural activities not offered anywhere else in Newcastle or the Hunter Valley.

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Fascinating

A truly fascinating part of Newcastle's history, the lock up has a number of immaculately kept former prison rooms. The exhibitions held there are also worth going for alone.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
KarolaRS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

A truly fascinating part of Newcastle's history, the lock up has a number of immaculately kept former prison rooms. The exhibitions held there are also worth going for alone.

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Wollongong, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

we spent a wonderful week in newcastle recently, we did so many wonderful things and got to see everything we had on our list, unfortunately we missed out on the lock up, because it was closed, settting up there new display we were told when we got there, we explained to them we had been to the tourist info place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

The Lock-Up has revolving exhibits and are interesting as they relate to the culture, history, or a current topic. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys are and the venue itself is engaging as it served a lockup.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Cool transformation into a modern art gallery. I've never been in a prison, so that was sombering. Some of the exhibits are a bit far-out and political, but for free is an interesting stop for sight-seeing. Next door, sharing a door is an unusual artsy textile fabric shop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

This space is deeply embedded with past memory and significance. Adds a poignancy to artworks exhibited in this space

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Moncton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

The Lock-up is an interesting venue of different art with artists in residence who show their work and make it more accessible to people like me who don’t really get some of the art out there these days. I kept having trouble with the title “The Most Gaoled Race on Earth” thinking it said Googled instead of Gaoled, yeah I’m... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

...and a job well done. Free entry, and really helpful staff. They have ever-changing exhibits, and even if you're not much into modern art, just have a look at the cells and obtain a sense of the history.

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Batemans Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

The Lock-up Cultural Centre is located in Newcastle's original Police Station and Lock-up. We discovered the Lock-up on a recent visit to Newcastle and were intrigued with the displays in the contemporary art gallery housed in the old Lock-up which featured "The Most Gaoled Race on Earth" exhibition. We found the staff and guides to be approachable and very knowledgeable... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

our friends had their wedding ceremony here, it was perfect. the photos are exquisite. would highly recommend this venue

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Forster, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

At the moment the art gallery is photo's of transgender people in London streets which is quite interesting. You can also walk round and have a look at the old cells used, also a padded room which is interesting. Free admission so worth a quick look. The young guy at the front was very friendly.

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