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J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat

(4.6/5 based on 140 reviews on the web)
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. J Ward Museum Complex is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Ararat Edition.
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  • I have always wanted to come to Ararat and do the J Ward tour and we finally got the chance to, I would definitely recommend this day tour and I am hoping to go back one day and do the night tour. It ...  more »
  • Very interesting. Excellent guide. Rather disturbing. We thoroughy enjoyed listening to our excellent guide. It was however rather sobering to visit this "institution". It is hard to appreciate how aw...  more »
  • What a fantastic tour - we did the J Ward Lunatic Asylum Saturday night Ghost Tour - and it was both very eerie and interesting. The guides were wonderful and had terrific knowledge of the previous in...  more »