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Address: 90 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
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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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Bite-sized Art in the Heart of Newcastle

The lock-up is an intriguing contemporary art space in Newcastle. Housed in the old Police Station on Hunter Street this gallery features several unique art spaces in the old... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Matthew C
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Newcastle, Australia
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newcastle,nsw
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always interesting - sometimes confronting but well worth a visit. Set in the old police station atmosphere abounds.

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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

The lock-up is an intriguing contemporary art space in Newcastle. Housed in the old Police Station on Hunter Street this gallery features several unique art spaces in the old cells of the Station. A must for any visitor or Newcastle local this space is free to all and you can spend anywhere from half an hour for a quick appreciation... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We just viewed the Every Breath exhibition which was small but fantastic. This is the old prison so just the building itself is wonderful to explore. The exhibition was set up through the old cells, exercise yard, women's cells. This exhibition was free and the staff were so friendly and helpful.

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Thank Mel F
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2,470 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 611 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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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Thank KarolaRS
Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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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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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Thank Starrrshots
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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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Thank LVioletD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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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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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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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