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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

31-33 Lambert St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 03 5352 1078
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Ararat
Type: Specialty Museums
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I only went for an evening event, but what a fascinating place, completely unexpected in a little town like this. Well cared for and worth a visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Well worth a visit. The centre tells the story of the thousands of Chinese who came to Australia to work in the goldfields. It is well laid out and highlights the plight of the Chinese in that time and how they organised themselves to work the mines compared to the way Europeans did it. Many of the exhibits are directed... More

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melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Some interesting displays but not much of local antiquities. More for the kids. Good to tell history of Chinese origins of Ararat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Amazing architectural building & gardens. Worth the visit as their is so much to do for both adults & kids. You can spend a couple of hours here with videos, gold panning and calligraphy to keep you occupied.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Excellent place to visit, very interesting and informative. Staff very helpful and friendly. Gave a great insight into the Chinese history within the Victorian goldfields and the hardships they faced. The roof of the building is a beautiful piece of Chinese architecture.

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Beachwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We found this museum to be a very interesting look at history which was unknown to us. The items on display are in excellent condition. The women at the front desk are passionate about the museum. A very enjoyable and learning hour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This was a surprise find with a substantial, attractive and interesting museum located in the regional town of Ararat. It tells the story of Chinese miners and other "Celestials" who travelled from China to find riches to take home to their poor families in China. There are displays, movies, clothes, dioramas and more. The roof itself is an interesting story... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Loved this place. Staff very friendly. Lots to learn. Young children will also enjoy this place, with some activities they can do there. The shop has some lovely gifts

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

A wonderful facility showcasing the Chinese history of life on the Victorian goldfields through to today's multicultural associations with sister towns in modern day China. This heritage has followed through to today and explains some of the contributions of the Chinese to Victoria's evolving economy and community. The artifacts on display are fascinating, the stories told enlightening, and don't miss... More

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Whyalla
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We had a couple of hours to kill while waiting for the art gallery to open, but ended up spendin 3 hours at the richly interactive, aimed at all age groups CHinese HeritageCentre. I have studeied this period of Australan history, but I learned a good deal, as much fromt he charming, knowledgeable and informative guides as from the exhibits... More

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