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The Gold Museum, Ballarat
(3.7/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • A display of gold through the ages from ancient time to modern day. Very well done with interesting video display as well as static and photographic. 
  • A great start in your quest to understand the place of Ballarat in Australia's 19th C gold rushes. Exhibition pieces are well presented and interpreted and the display of so many gold nuggets is fasci...  more »
  • The Gold Museum is across the road from Sovereign Hill. We had a free entry with our VIP pass. There are the displays showing the history of the great finds in the Ballarat area and Vic goldfields wit...  more »
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  • Visited museum. It was educational to go back to those times and get a sense of the drive to discover gold with the hardship they endured. What I would like to see improved is the lighting. I presume that the light has to be dimmed in order to preserve the items. The information plaques that are silver are very hard to read. Some display lights were not operational which I find disappointing. I also thought that there was nothing about the women in the gold rush. Overall we spent lovely family time discussing what we saw.
  • It was interesting with lots of details of the history of gold in Australia and around the world. The museum focuses on the gold rushes in Ballarat and Australia, but also shows modern uses of the material and it's alloys. Also shows foreign histories of Gold such as the Conquistadors and foreign currencies. Every now and then, a group of asian tourists would walk through taking photos everywhere, talking very loudly and walking in front of me to look at things which was pretty rude.
  • Good information about the history of gold mining, especially in Ballarat. It also has a cycling museum inside it with history of cycling in Australia. It was a very nice experience to visit both museums.
  • This museum told good history of Sovereign Hill gold mines
  • Had heaps of fun... Learnt heaps