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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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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... read more

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

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

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