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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

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Address: 31-33 Lambert St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
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+61 3 5352 1078
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11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre stands as a monument to the contribution by...

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre stands as a monument to the contribution by the Chinese to the establishment and economic and cultural advancement of Ararat. It tells a story of deprivation, hardship and the incredible tenacity of thousands of men from the south east of China that made their way to Victoria, in the 1850s in search of gold. Become engrossed in the courthouse stories and see the original Canton Lead Mine tunnel uncovered during the construction of the Centre. A truly interactive experience for visitors of all ages. Open 7 days a week except Christmas Day 11am-4pm 31-33 Lambert Street (Western Highway) Ararat 3377 03 5352 1078

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Excellent insight to Chinese heritage

Brilliant place well worth the visit. Reasonable priced at $10 and $8 for concessions. Short video tells of the struggle of Chinese immigrants and their story of involvement in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
squinth
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Hull East Yorks
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Hull East Yorks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant place well worth the visit. Reasonable priced at $10 and $8 for concessions. Short video tells of the struggle of Chinese immigrants and their story of involvement in mining. Well put together. Can recommend. Very nice lady on reception and informative.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a wonderful display of the important role played by Chinese immigrants in the development of Victoria. The volunteers staffing the museum are knowledgeable and always willing to help. A dvd showing a typical immigrant's reason for coming and his experiences here was enlightening. The displays were well developed, presented and explained. Interactive displays such as gold panning... More 

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Forster, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This centre is all about when the Chinese discovered gold in Ararat. There is a short 12 minute film at the start of the complex which is very interesting which tells of how the chinese travelled from Robe to Ararat and stumbled on gold and what happened after. The lady at the front desk was very friendly and gave us... More 

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1 Thank OzeeTraveller
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Mr. 'Traveller', glad you liked the place, it is an amazing untold story and the video does fill in many of the blanks. I will pass on your kind words to my staff member, and you're right, we do try to keep our cost to our visitors down, and if you have a concession card it's... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were with a group and had the absolute pleasure of a guided tour of this facility and I would recommend this. You will learn a lot about how the Chinese were instrumental in helping to shape our country in ways that we could not imagine. You also learn of the terrible hardships they endured but still they came! To... More 

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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Hi Kevin, you're right, times certainly have changed, it is a remarkably diverse story, and we are glad you enjoyed your tour, and also happy that you took the time to write a review. We would be more than happy to have your group back again. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Our family visited Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in October 2016. We thought we would spend an hour there but ended up staying the whole afternoon until closing time (yes, we are history buffs). The staff are well-informed, helpful and friendly. Fascinating history that is relevant to Chinese and Australians alike. Video gave useful background. Displays were well-designed and many... More 

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1 Thank elc3
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Well done on your gold finding skills! We are really pleased you enjoyed yourselves and more pleased that you took the time to share your experience with others here. I hope you took some fun pics of the kids in their Chinese dress up costumes, and I bet they all looked great. I will pass on your kind words to... More 

Adelaide
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

A really lovely little museum which documents the history of the Chinese migration to the Ararat gold fields. Learned a lot about this aspect of Australian Gold Fields which I hadn't realized before. The real gem of this attraction are the very dedicated and knowledgeable staff who run this facility. No question was too difficult! Thank you for an enjoyable... More 

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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

I'm really pleased you enjoyed your visit and we were able to tell our interesting story to you. It is a real gem, and I will pass on your kind words to the staff. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

This place has lot of Chinese history to tell. Entry fee. Adult $10 Children, students, senior citizens $8 Maximum of 45 minutes needed for this visit. You can try your luck by trying to find gold in the sand kept in museum A short video explain about the Chinese effort in finding the Gold mine in ararat

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3 Thank jimchacko
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your review, it’s a great help. Our electronic hand-held Audio Guides take you through on an informative 45 minute journey, but if you are an avid reader and /or want to dress up in our Chinese costumes, try your hand at the gold panning, the Chinese calligraphy and the Chinese language games, then you... More 

Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

The Gum San Chinese Heritage centre is very informative, the staff were friendly and helpful. It portrayed the interesting history of Ararat with well presented and interactive displays.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

A beautiful slice of history! Perfect for all ages! The two ladies at reception were very informative and welcoming! Lots to see and learn! Make sure you go to the roof top to see the views!

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2 Thank Kirsty B
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for us, it’s much appreciated. I will pass on your kind words to our reception staff. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit, and yes, we love the view from up there too. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

A must see attraction in Ararat. Good explanation of the place of the early Chinese miners in the early days of the towns development. Excellent artifacts on display. Good activities for children.Don't forget to climb up to the Great Hall for an amazing view towards Lhani ghiran .

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2 Thank Beaumaris32
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, we try to portray this special story in many interesting ways. The view to the “Sleeping Lady” (Mt Llangi Ghiran) is quite good isn’t it? More 

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