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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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Fascinating look at our horrible history. Two hours went so fast!

We were the only 2 people on an 11am tour on a very cold and freezing morning. John our guide was friendly and very informative. Take warm clothes at it is a cold place to wander... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We were the only 2 people on an 11am tour on a very cold and freezing morning. John our guide was friendly and very informative. Take warm clothes at it is a cold place to wander around. We were disappointed we couldn't continue with a tour at the old hospital. This has tours only on Wednesdays and Sundays. Neither suitable... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It's an interesting place with a unique story - a former prison for the criminally insane. The buildings are old and and the walls are thick - it definitely felt like a prison. I found the written material on the boards fascinating. On the other hand, I found our guide (a former guard in the prison) far too jolly and... More 

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Mildura, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Loved our tour guide. He was a little, quietly spoken chap who had worked in the J Ward for years. He had known alot of the patients and the reasons they were there. It has a sad and disturbing history but we are better for knowing it. The place is run by volunteers and they have done an amazing job.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

Our visit to J Ward was incredible ! Our guide John was a wealth of knowledge who kept us entertained and well informed of the Bizzare life "lunatics" experienced behind the high blue stone walls following the footsteps of those never to exit its gates . There were numerous times I felt spooked by the baren cold cell walls and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We did the hourly tour and had Doug as our guide. He was superb. A very knowledgeable local that is very passionate about the J-ward. He regaled us with both J-Ward's histories as a gaol and a ward for the criminally insane. Doug also showed us some paranormal photos and shared some of his own personal 'spooky' experiences. It's definitely... More 

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Shepparton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We visited J Ward on a whim one day while touring the Grampians and were very glad we did. The history lesson from the guide was fascinating and we really enjoyed the tour, more because we were grateful that our experiences in life have been so different from the ones experienced by the inmates here in the bad old days!... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We didn't really know what to expect from this tour but were so glad we took the time to visit. We had a wonderful guide who told us many stories about the history of the gaol and asylum, while walking us through. It was a gaol/asylum we had not heard of before, so everything about it was interesting. The tour... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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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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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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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Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
Phone Number: (03) 5352 3357
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Grampians  >  Ararat

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