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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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The J ward tour of the old building for the criminal insane, is certainly worse a visit. Our tour guide Doug was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and fun. A normal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
dg101g
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Daylesford, Australia
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Daylesford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The J ward tour of the old building for the criminal insane, is certainly worse a visit. Our tour guide Doug was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and fun. A normal tour takes 1 to 1.5 hours ours took 2 as Doug made sure he answered all or question.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our history is not just the pretty stuff. Australia is made up of many sad, tragic, unkindly events and places. J Ward is one of the places where it's not all nice. The lessons learned from here are ones to use throughout life. Thanks go to Doug, our guide, one of the best!

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Adelaide, South Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour guide, very interesting plenty of time to look around after tour. Door when they are closed make sound like you will not get out. Amazing it was still open in 1990's.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

J Ward is probably the most well known of all the Ararat attractions and for good reason. Such a beautiful old building with a haunting past. The tours are interesting and informative. They unfortunately finish a little bit early with the last tour leaving at 2pm. At $15 an adult it's well worth it

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Bendigo, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just wonderful. Dave the tour guide was so informative with all questions answered. Highly recommend visitiing..

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

What a very sad history this place has. It is important for people to know what the past held for some poor unfortunate people. Found this place well worth the time spent on the tour and after. The guide (Bob) gave an excellent commentary and tour. A must is to eat/drink in the dining room. The food was great/cheap and... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We toured this museum with "Ken" who loved his history and enjoyed explaining the fascinating but at times, brutal background of this disturbing place. We were taken through the various buildings and learned so much about the criminally insane and their treatment. It truly was fascinating. The tour included the kitchens, exercise yard, 1800s graffiti, Chapel; gallows; and isolation cells.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This tour covers the history, from turn of the century to recent, housing and treatment of criminals with mental health problems. Along with the stories of the lives of those who were incarcerated with it's walls. I recommend the overnight stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The J Ward Gaol tour is 2 hours of fascinating architectural history, coupled with the 100+ year age of the buildings providing wonder as to the craftsmanship of the stonemasons of the day. But beyond the outside wonder of architecture delves deeply into the broad history of the Gaol - from its original inception as a prison to that of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

What a fascinating place and also very sad. The tour guide really knew his history. Fantastic museum, we also watch a video at the end of the tour dated back to the 1970s, brilliant. I would recommend seeing J Ward if you are passing through Ararat, or stay. Volunteers do a wonderful job.

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