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J Ward Museum Complex

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Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
Phone Number: (03) 5352 3357
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well done in preserving history

The guide on this occasion let down the tour – he was unsure of some information & at times gave differing information as to what was on the information boards. Most people in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Borneo50
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The guide on this occasion let down the tour – he was unsure of some information & at times gave differing information as to what was on the information boards. Most people in the tour felt the same way so preferred to read the stories themselves. The tour ends with a short DVD showing some early footage from inside J... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Bittersweet after hearing the awful stories, but am so thankful that the money has been spent as it is so beautifully restored. A great thanks to all the volunteers that help out. $15 for the tour which was great value. Our guide, Doug was a fantastic story teller, very engaged and kept us amused with all sorts of tales. The... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I expected a reasonably run-of-the-mill prison tour but ended up being very pleasantly surprised by this and having a very good time. With its history as a gold-rush era prison, followed by a prison for the criminally insane over a very long period, this place has had more than its fair share of mad stories, all brought to life very... More 

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Perth, Australia
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35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The museum tour was very interesting and our guide kept us amused with all sorts of tales. The tour is an hour and a half but our group and guide were having such a good time it last three hours. The museum is very well laid out with lots of information to read, at times too much to take in.... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

After experiencing Aradale the night before we decided to continue on with J-Ward. We did the guided tour and it was so much better than it would have been walking around solo. Our guide told us stories and pointed out seemingly innocuous things that actually had interesting stories to them. I was most fascinated by the museum where they had... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We had originally planned to do a night ghost tour of aradale but because of time issues we went to j ward instead.I was not really keen to know anything about criminals so I have to say I was not really looking forward to enjoying the tour. Im glad we did go, and for anyone short of time or in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Very informative history of J Ward in Ararat - great for the family with very informative tour guides - highly recommend!

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Yarra Valley, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Stopped here on the way home from Halls Gap, and wanted to do a tour. Ken was our tour guide, who was both informative and full of character. Told us a lot of stories and facts about what happened on J ward. The tour was very detailed and we saw the entire place, including the downstairs kitchen and bathroom (which... More 

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Wantirna, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our young guide was very knowledgeable about the history, stories and events of J ward. The tour was quite detailed and covered the entire facility. The issues my wife and I had were that the group was far too large. I figure there were about 24 guests herded around; including three loud drunk guys who commented on almost everything the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Alex was a very knowledgeable guide who told us interesting stories and facts about J Ward. A fascinating stop on our way to the Grampians, thoroughly recommend it.

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