Amateur sleuths can soon attempt to solve a Cluedo-style murder mystery inside the spooky Old Melbourne Gaol, which was built in the mid-1800s.
In an immersive version of the classic boardgame, at the former jail players will analyse suspects’ alibis and examine physical evidence with smartphones to figure out whodunnit in the imaginary 1924 murder of dodgy criminal lawyer, Lionel Grey.
As the story goes, “Lying Lionel” was a swaggering blowhard and a womaniser who played fast and loose with the facts. His body was found in an otherwise empty cell with signs of a scuffle.
Players can pick up a detective’s booklet from reception and work together or in competition to find clues and weapons (with scannable QR codes), which will be dotted around the heritage-listed Russell Street building.
There are six suspects, and the winner will be whoever deduces who the murder is, where they committed their crime and what weapon they used to do it.
“As Victoria starts to venture out of isolation, we’re excited to offer families and friends the opportunity to dust off their sleuthing skills and reconnect over a childhood favourite this winter,” Simon Ambrose, the CEO of National Trust (Victoria) said in a statement.
The Cluedo Experience will run at Old Melbourne Gaol daily between 10am and 5pm from June 27. The detective booklet is $5 on top of general admission.