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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, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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English first
victoria australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

What a great place to visit. My family and I went there for my granddaughters 7 th Birthday. We had a fabulous time looking at the interesting artifacts, reading about the history of the first Chinese in the Ararat district, and participating in the interactive displays; including gold panning. Plenty of gold to be found that day!! The little gift... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Our kids really enjoyed the calligraphy and panning for gold. The museum is interactive with videos and exhibits. Really interesting to understand the role the Chinese played in the gold rush, the hardships they endured and the legacy they left. The staff are really helpful and great with kids. Well worth going upstairs to view the ornate roof and enjoy... More 

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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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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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