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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  • Gives a good insight into the establishment of Ballarat and the gold fields settlements in the 1850's.  more »
  • A great place to learn about the history of the Ballarat gold fields and interesting details. The replica gold nuggets found are eye popping. If you have any interest in history this place is well wor...  more »
  • Very good display very interesting and easily able to follow the map and displays. Only comment some of the displays very hard to read due to the lighting, Recommend  more »
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  • I just visited the museum for about 45mins, but I joined the Gold Treasure tour (which started at 4:30pm) for most of time. The tour guide is very informative, as he could provide a good description to the exhibits in the museum. The historical photos, gold nuggets, and the special exhibition (re-awakening of dragons) also amused me a lot.
  • I found this museum very disappointing- the exhibits might have been interesting, but the lighting was so low I could not really see them, or read most of the labels. There was a good exhibition of gold coins, and the special exhibit with Chinese temple artifacts was also good.
  • Great way to experience the history of gold mining and discovery in Vic.
  • 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.
  • Love it. Wide variety of coins to see.
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