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. Take a look at our Ballarat attractions planning app to schedule your visit to The Gold Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Setup opposite Sovereign Hill, it’s a perfect place to learn more about the detailed mining history, preferably after visiting SH. Was worth visiting.  more »
  • If you love gold and the history of it then this museum is a good place to visit. Very rare and unique gold nuggets showcased here. Was great to hear about the history of the goldrush era and how Ball...  more »
  • Its across the road from sovereign hill so well worth a visit and entry is included in the sovereign hill ticket. We enjoyed it and found it interesting. It took us about an hour to get around the who...  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.
  • Fantastic experience. A great display of historical Ballarat. Only downside it needed a small cafe.
  • Very well worth visiting. An excellent display showing the amazing history of gold in Ballarat and region.
  • Great history and knowledge, beautiful displays. I also loved seeing the Dr Blake set and costumes.
  • Dr Blake exhibition is great. We all love the show.

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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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