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J Ward Museum Complex

Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
(03) 5352 3357
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Ararat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We spent 2 hours here at this fascinating place. Our guide was full of interesting information. Highly recommend anyone contemplating a visit here to go as its a fantastic hidde gem☺

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Belgrave, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My wife and I were lucky enough to squeeze into a ghost tour on the 26th of July. The place is easy to find with its high grey walls and imposing height over a beautiful garden and lake. We were already going to Aradale straight after this tour. The museum is well set up with horrific examples of the restraints... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We hadn't planned on going here but did as a lets give it a go. The guides are volunteers and the tour is actually very good. This prisoner / hospital was only closed in 1991. It's well worth a visit and the tour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The tour guide was a volunteer who knew the history of the complex well. The cost of the tour was affordable given the length of the tour and a good amount of J Ward was included. I would definitely recommend- even if you're just passing through.

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Mildura, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Went with a family group not expecting a lot but the tour was really worth the time to get an insight into the history of J Ward and its inmates. The guide was most informative and obviously passionate. Would recommend this tour to anyone with a love of history. It was a real eye opener on what went on in... More

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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A fascinating tour of a place that is a very real part of history. Our tour guide Geoff was interesting and obviously passionate about the place. Well worth the trip to Ararat. Good value for money.

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