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“Fascinating” 5 of 5 stars
Review of J Ward Museum Complex

J Ward Museum Complex
Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
(03) 5352 3357
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Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Ararat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Adelaide Australia
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Well worth the trip. We did it on a very hot day and the guide was not aware of how many people were suffering with the heat. He kept us in the sun far too long. The jail tour is fascinating and in some regards eye opening on the culture of Australia not that many years ago. Highly recommend people go.

Visited January 2013
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Loved this tour, the gentleman who took us on the tour as very informative, I surely begin to get bored half ay through a tour but this was constantly interesting. Is is another must if you visit or pass through Ararat. The history of this town really taught me something new. Had no idea of that went on there. So glad we went. And thanks for all the city's we picked within the building the small oranges were delicious.

Visited October 2013
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“Great History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The history is great and the site has been well maintained.

It ceased operation as a gaol in 1886 and then became the Ararat Asylum for the criminally insane - known as "J Ward". It was closed in 1989 but has been well preserved for visitors to experience during day/night tours. Definitely worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The place really has stood the test of time quite well. The tour guide tended to waffle on a bit and it sounded almost like he'd told the stories one too many times. Having said that at least he wasn't monotone about it and kept our interest in the place. Don't let the outside fool you, it's fairly roomy in there and the tour can take up to two hours. It's worth it, though.

Visited August 2013
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“Jward tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

loved it and the stories and been a while since being there last was great to see you now could go from kitchen up into the museum

Visited June 2013
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