J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat

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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. Put J Ward Museum Complex at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ararat online trip builder.
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  • History on the JWard was very informative, Fantastic Guide Jim was very knowledgeable. was a 2 hour tour which covered the entire prison and every aspect of the prison was explained.  more »
  • Went on the tour with little knowledge about J Ward. Left J Ward amazed on the knowledge of the volunteer who guided us around the site. Mesmerising stories of patients and inmates who were housed...  more »
  • Very informative tour. The staff are lovely. The building is beautiful and well maintained. Really worth the visit. The gift shop items are also fairly priced.
  • After a brief trip to Ararat, we went to J Ward, to see what life was like in the 1800s, and share the people's stories with the group. Beautifully restored and cleaned just a amazing experience.
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