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J Ward Museum Complex

Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
Phone Number: (03) 5352 3357
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Ararat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Footscray, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I arrived hoping for a quick tour and was a little dismayed to find that you cant simply wander around yourself, as we were just passing through on our way to Melbourne. However, the guided tour was well worth the time taken (a little under an hour I think). The whole place is run by extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers... More 

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Ararat, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

J Ward is filled with history dating back to the early days of a jail up to the more recent history of a facility for Criminally Insane. A tour of J Ward is always different and filled with interesting facts that describe life in a prison and institution. Great displays and museum, well worth a visit

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Went on a rainy night and had a very interesting and informative time. Doors opened and closed by themselves and some of the group had experiences including being touched. Now we all want to do the Aradale tour too! Was well worth the visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

On Melbourne Cup Day we visited J Ward in Ararat. Its a Victorian (in a geographical and period sense) penal complex for the criminally insane that was functioning until only 23 years ago. The entire complex is now a museum run by volunteers. We were greeted by a very amusing bloke who issued our very reasonably proceed entrance ticket. While... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Loved the very informative tour! Our guide Dave a fount of information, giving a vivid impression of life in an asylum .

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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55 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

J ward may be closed but its history and stories are kept alive by the loyal volunteers of J ward who run tours at a very reasonable price. Every tour is different (I have done two) as each guide has different stories and anecdotes to tell. History of the place is chilling but fascinating.

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