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J Ward Museum Complex

Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 3357
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  • Very good22%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
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“great tour” (16 reviews)
“our tour guide” (20 reviews)
LOCATION
Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
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+61 3 5352 3357
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"great tour"
in 16 reviews
"our tour guide"
in 20 reviews
"run by volunteers"
in 6 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 11 reviews
"an eye opener"
in 4 reviews
"mental health"
in 9 reviews
"fascinating stories"
in 3 reviews
"jail tour"
in 3 reviews
"piece of history"
in 4 reviews
"excellent guide"
in 2 reviews
"lunatic asylum"
in 9 reviews
"mental institution"
in 2 reviews
"allow plenty of time"
in 2 reviews
"interesting insight"
in 2 reviews
"tour covers"
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"wonderful museum"
in 2 reviews
"wealth of information"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the tour at 10am Saturday morning over the Queens Birthday long weekend and were pleasantly surprised to find we were the only ones booked in for that time and enjoyed a private tour. It was a really great tour and our guide...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can visit J Ward and Aradale lunatic asylum on Sunday at a combo special price. The tour to J Ward is extremely interesting and well worth the visit. Some previous inmates are also buried in the grounds of the former prison. The tour guide...More

Thank BLUE-EYED_DUDE
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An enthusiastic host told us many fascinating stories of the previous inmates of JWard. Maybe not the tour for you if you are afraid of the dark or frighten easily.

Thank Kerrie J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I will be going back again when the weather picks up. Worth the price, friendly staff. I felt it was a bit scary, but also vry sad.

Thank Lilly K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Harry was our guide through Ward J and he was terrific. His knowledge the history of the complex was great. His presentation kept everyone's attention. A really amazing place to see. Well worth your time! Very reasonably priced entry. Good value for money.

Thank Jannabelle655
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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

The tour by Harry was inciteful and it is great to see that our history is being preserved to such a high standard. Where would this country be without its volunteers and civic minded people! The stories are moving and the distinction between the gaol...More

Thank Mountainbilly1
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

Thanks to Harry, "the number one guide" we had a marvelous personalised tour over J Ward. Well explained as to what went on and the lives of the inmates & patients. Sad to see the way they were treated by our States leaders. A tour...More

Thank maj0rmitch
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

This is a sobering insight of how mental illness, specifically the criminally insane, was dealt with in a bygone era. I was surprised to learn that the "amenities" consisted of a bucket in the cell, understandable for 1870, not so for 1991 when the facility...More

Thank Fiona G
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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Very informative about the history. Fun. A must do. Steve gave us all a great time. It was fun scaring each other.

Thank robynterese
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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

This was my first 'asylum' / jail tour and I found it really interesting. The tour was delivered by Jim, an ex prison guard from Pentridge. Jim really knew his stuff and added anecdotes from his personal experience which only added to my interest. This...More

2  Thank Les T
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OzeeTraveller
September 4, 2016|
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Response from Holidaygogetter | Reviewed this property |
Hey Ozee, They are about 10m drive from one another. You should allow about 1-2 hrs for J Ward and 3-4 hours for Aradale. you can get tickets from the Information Center in town and they will provide a map.
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