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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

31-33 Lambert St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 1078
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Love me some history

Lovely and friendly staff. I visited on a Saturday morning as i my partner and i wanted to do... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Victoria B
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See this first - a must

This is a first class Museum that is as good as any we have seen . The exhibits are of high quality... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mountainbilly1
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Leura, Australia
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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
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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31-33 Lambert St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
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+61 3 5352 1078
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"gold panning"
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"gold fields"
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"gold rush"
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"short video"
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"south australia"
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"great place to visit"
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"extraordinary building"
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"front desk"
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"gold mine"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely and friendly staff. I visited on a Saturday morning as i my partner and i wanted to do something before we needed to check in. Very interesting history about the Chinese and Ararat and worth the entry free and a nice little gift shop

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a first class Museum that is as good as any we have seen . The exhibits are of high quality and chronologically ordered to explain the Chinese history in the district and their foundational role in the formation of Ararat. The 15 minute...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We congratulate the small group of local enthusiasts who had a dream for 40 years to create this beautiful museum to acknowledge the contribution of the Chinese for discovering Ararat and helping to establish the town. They’re contribution was amazing. The displays, the information and...More

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Best day had visiting the way everything is displayed and the information given if amazing. The interactive parts are so much fun and the price is great.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

It was great to see acknowledgement of the Chinese contribution to Australia from the goldrush times. There is plenty to see, read, watch and listen to for all ages. We spend just over two hours and could have spent longer. We opted to walk around...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Ararat has a lot of history and this interactive museum is reasonably priced, staffed by friendly knowledgeable staff, well laid out and definitely worth a visit. Allow 2 hours, watch the movie to get the backstory and then be immersed in what the museum has...More

Thank peter s
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

If you are in Ararat don’t miss seeing this fabulous museum. The story of the Chinese miners who travelled on foot from Robe South Australia and their travails after finding the Canton Lead at Ararat is riveting. We had a great guide in Grant who...More

Thank MarJulie
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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, it's much appreciated. It's a great story isn't it? And the roof.. we are very proud of our roof, and very grateful that our Chinese Sister-City of Taishan donated the 56,000 tiles to build it. I...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

This is a great little museum, really worth a visit if you've got an hour to spend and you're interested in a very important aspect of Australian history. First of all, it's a very impressive building from the outside. Congratulations to the people who made...More

2  Thank TonyB_au
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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Grant will be pleased to hear your kind words, thank you. He is just one of our staff who are all very passionate and full of excitement and knowledge for our story. I'm glad to hear you had a great time.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

if you looking for history of early Chinese in Australia and our gold fields then Gum San heritage Centre is a great place to visit. Lot of history and the guides are only to keen to help you with any thing about this magnificent place,...More

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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

We are very excited yet humbled by our distinctive roof. It was wonderfully and generously donated by the Taishan Government in China along with 4 Master tilers to put it on. Truly amazing deed by our Sister City; we are very proud of our connection.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

fantastic place so much to see intercative displays great history staff was really knowledgeable spent few hours highly recommend

Thank Ray T
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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

I will pass on your kind words to my staff, they have a lot of passion and knowledge of the local and Chinese history. We look forward to seeing you again in the future perhaps.

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MichaelDuke
14 August 2017|
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Response from Hillsgal | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. I know there was a re enactment recently but we were there very recently and nothing was mentioned. Try emailing or calling them. They are really helpful.
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snozrak
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Hi You are confronted with a large staircase at the entrance which is pretty daunting to all but there is disabled parking off Rominya Lane at the back of the centre. There is also a drop off point near the entrance steps... More
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