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J Ward Museum Complex

Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
(03) 5352 3357
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Ararat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Very interesting tour of the past of J ward from what was a goal turned into a place for the criminally insane. Provided insight into the treatment of the criminally insane and about the town of Ararat and it's history of treating those with mental health issues either criminally in J ward or in Aradale Asylum. Only one downside would... More

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Drysdale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This was a couple of hours well spent, learning about the history of the Aradale Mental Asylum with an extensive tour of the facility. Phil - our host was very interesting with many tales and facts of the past times & lives of the place. Well worth a visit.

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South Gippsland, Victoria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

A group of us did the night ghost tour after buying discount tickets on Red Balloon. The J Ward building itself is very interesting, and we enjoyed the tour......but the "ghost" part of the tour seemed somewhat manufactured.....Surely there are enough interesting and disturbing stories about a building with such a history without resorting to theatrics and "unsubstantiated" anecdotes?

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

This tour and museum complex will set the scene for your Aradale experience. Definitely do this first and get a sense of what went on here. The guides bring it to life, just pray you don't get the one who yells in confined spaces!

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

What is it about our culture that has a fascination for places of incarceration? I have no idea but we seem to be drawn to these morbid places that hopefully serve to remind us that as a society we have moved on. Our guide was personable, knowledgeable and provided lots of opportunities to experience the horror and sadness of the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Did the night tour with family and friends. The cost was still minimal and was a great experience. No ghosts but noises that go 'bump in the night' and kept us on our toes. While we may have looked like ageing slightly rotund "ghostbusters' with our noise meters and electrosomethingorother ometer, it was a great night and scares aside, a... More

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