J Ward Museum Complex

J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat: Address, Phone Number, J Ward Museum Complex Reviews: 4.5/5

J Ward Museum Complex
4.5
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Sarah B
10 contributions
J-ward prison/ lunatic asylum
Apr 2021 • Solo
Very interesting place to visit. Prison turned into mental health institution.
Very knowledgeable and interesting guide whi was able to bring stories to life.
Written May 24, 2021
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Traveler697032
Hindmarsh Island, Australia10 contributions
Brilliant
May 2021
We both (wife and self) thought this was an excellent experience. Well worth it. Such a interesting place brought to life by our guide ( I think Brian … sorry … I’m hopeless with names). If you want an interesting experience and interesting time don’t hesitate. Make sure you’re on time though as they lock shut the door on the minute of the tour time.
Written May 18, 2021
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Jared K
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Good Tour
Apr 2021 • Family
Visited here Saturday morning(10/4) and it was an interesting tour about the history of the place. Worth a look when you visit Ararat.
Written April 11, 2021
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Wendy G
Box Hill, Australia293 contributions
Fantastic and informative tour
Mar 2021 • Couples
We were the only visitors on the morning tour today and the welcome was definitely warm and the tour guides happy to see us. What a friendly and welcoming crew with so many interesting stories from this place. We left the tour, happy that the this piece of history has been saved and is so well curated, cared for and shared with the community. Many parts of this tour were sobering but worth thinking about. And the brief video from TV in the 1970s is well worth watching at the end of the tour too. Not to be missed.
Written March 20, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,488 contributions
Psychiatric institution for the criminally insane
Mar 2021
J Ward was established as a jail in the 1860s and then became a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane. Several men were hanged there for murder. No-one wanted to be incarcerated in J Ward, except perhaps for Mark "Chopper" Read, gangland stand-over man and executioner, who became a best-selling author. J Ward closed as in 1991 and re-opened in 1993 as a museum. It's a spooky place, worth a visit.
Written March 19, 2021
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Beatrice B
Melbourne, Australia137 contributions
Informative
Mar 2021 • Solo
There was a mix up by staff with my booking that led to some phone calls and rearranging prior but mostly sorted. The tour itself was informative. John, our guide, complemented the tour with facts and humour. Made for an interesting afternoon if you like historical prison tours.
Written March 8, 2021
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Shenae H
Warrnambool, Australia6 contributions
Fantastic and informative tour
Feb 2021 • Couples
Alan was an excellent tour guide today, he has some great stories to tell of the prisoners and patients of the time, the grounds are very well preserved and the friends of Jward (volunteers) are doing a fantastic job of maintaining our history here.
Written February 25, 2021
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Melissa Hirt
5 contributions
Fantastic Tour
Feb 2021
History on the JWard was very informative, Fantastic Guide Jim was very knowledgeable. was a 2 hour tour which covered the entire prison and every aspect of the prison was explained.
Written February 7, 2021
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tucks1975
Geelong, Australia2 contributions
Amazing tour
Feb 2021 • Couples
Went on the tour with little knowledge about J Ward. Left J Ward amazed on the knowledge of the volunteer who guided us around the site. Mesmerising stories of patients and inmates who were housed there and developing psychiatric care from then to closure. Well worth the visit and I recommend the tour to anyone visiting Ararat.
Written February 6, 2021
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Christine C
Echuca, Australia298 contributions
An informative and emotional experience.
Feb 2021
I was lucky enough to be the only person booked in on this tour so I enjoyed personalised attention from Pat, my volunteer guide. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and make comments though the information Pat delivered was comprehensive - and so interesting. It was a thought provoking visit. It's so important that history is not forgotten. Hopefully we can learn from it.
Written February 6, 2021
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