The Gold Museum, Ballarat

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The Gold Museum presents the story of Ballarat, a provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s, from its earliest days through to European settlement. An impressive glass-fronted building with commanding views, the museum offers an award-winning gift shop specializing in the sale of gold nuggets and Australian-made gold jewelry, as well as fine giftware. Discover the power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artifacts, and gold coins. Use our Ballarat holiday planner to visit The Gold Museum on your trip to Ballarat, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The gold museum is next to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat and well woth a look whilst you are visiting the park. The entry ticket to Sovereign Hill will allow you to visit or you can purchase single entry...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Visited during theme display for a local mystery film series and must say that too fully appreciate the effort and the display one would have to be a devotee of the film series. The exhibition and his...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    The Gold Museum is worth a visit to see different facets of gold discovery and the processes involved in the mining/ production. But we went to see the special exhibition on Dr Blake. Both of us were ...  more »
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  • A great museum for all ages. It's well laid out, and the displays aren't too busy so they're easy to read and interpret. There's a room with a big 360 degree photo of Ballarat in its early days, and it's fantastic. Its got some interactive features which really bring it to life. I loved looking at all the real gold on display. I'd highly recommend bringing international family and friends here, it's a great insight into Australian history.
  • Very historical place about the gold mining in Ballarat. The tour guide is well informed and very helpful.
  • A great addition to Ballarat. Very interesting see the large gold nuggets
  • Continues the story of gold mining in the Ballarat area in more detail than Sovereign Hill and is free entry with a Sovereign Hill ticket. Visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka afterwards to complete the story/fill in a few gaps.
  • Very educational and informative museum. Good to see how miners worked in the past and how Victoria's history was linked to the boom of mining...

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Despite its rich history as a gold rush boomtown, Ballarat offers some of the most affordable rooms in the area. The city features a number of good-value hotels with air-conditioned suites and loads of modern amenities. Another affordable option, the area's motels often provide conveniences like barbecue facilities, secure off-street parking, and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you need more space and privacy, consider booking one of Ballarat's rental properties, which include luxury apartments, spacious townhouses, and self-contained villas.
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