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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 7 Attractions in Ararat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Ararat, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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71 reviews 71 reviews
54 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Maryborough, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This was an excellent tour to do. Our guide was Doug and he was friendly and had a stash of information. This was a gaol and an asylum. So many stories to tell us. If only those walls could talk!! The gardens there were very nice too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Tour guide was so well informed and friendly. A wealth of information, he should write a book. My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Excellent guide, we got to carry around ghost equipment, but unfortunately not much was seen or felt. But interesting images found on some photos that were taken

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Excellent tour done by local people who are very knowledgable about this institution. Well worth seeing.

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Melbourne
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were left disappointed after doing the Ghost Tour. Wanting to know the history while walking around was not to happen as the tour is in darkness, with a few people having small lanterns and 'spirit senors' to let the people know if there were spirits around. If you want to see J Ward and its history do a daytime... More 

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