J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat

4.6
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
J Ward Museum Complex provides a historical glimpse at the Australian penal system. Starting in 1859 as a jail for miscreants of the local goldfields, J Ward started housing the criminally insane when the gold ran out less than three decades later. Today, you can tour the defunct prison and hear stories about its inmates from local volunteers. A visit provides a break on the Melbourne-Adelaide road, if you're passing between the two cities. Put J Ward Museum Complex at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ararat online trip builder.
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  • Step back into the recent and not so recent history of this amazing place. You get a real appreciation of what it must have been like to have been an inmate/patient of J ward. Our guide, Rick was...  more »
  • All in our Probus group found the tour here an interesting experience, well presented by our guide & we were given time time to see and absorb Well worth a visit  more »
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  • Very informative tour. The staff are lovely. The building is beautiful and well maintained. Really worth the visit. The gift shop items are also fairly priced.
  • After a brief trip to Ararat, we went to J Ward, to see what life was like in the 1800s, and share the people's stories with the group. Beautifully restored and cleaned just a amazing experience.

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