J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat

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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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  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
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  • Worth going to. Unfortunately we missed out on the ghost tour but the general tour was still interesting.
  • Great tour with some good history about the town. Friendly staff!.... had a great time!
  • An amazing piece of Victoria's history. Not to be missed. Wonderful Guides with interesting narrative and displays. Excellent.
  • Fantastic experience...Steve, the guide, did a brilliant job. Thoroughly recommend the J Ward tour. Cheers
  • Very educational, great guide. Sad place but a real eye opener
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