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J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat

(4.6/5 based on 130+ 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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  • As part 2 of our day trip ( aradale lunatic asylum 1st ) the group I was with..we did a tour of j ward. Originally a prison back in the 1800s it was really interesting..I liked it more than the aradal...  more »
  • Spooky fun to see the cold cells and get the lowdown on some of Victoria's crazy violent citizens. The ECT machines are out of action now but would be great fun to try out on the visitors if they coul...  more »
  • I visited this museum at the opening hour in the morning, and it was nice to have a personalised tour with Dave who was very knowledgeable and eager to teach and recall the history of the site in deta...  more »