Adelaide Gaol was a working Gaol between 1841 and 1988. Female prisoners were incarcerated in the Gaol between 1841 and 1969. Visitors are taken on a conducted tour during which they see conditions for prisoners, the places of execution and exhibitions of artefacts relating to prisons and prison life in South Australia during 147 years.
The collection is made up of items used for and by inmates from 1800's to 1988 including items used for both corporal and capital punishment. The Gaol is largely the way it was when it was closed for operation in 1988.