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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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Good exhibits

Enjoyed it all as the exhibits are well put together and the details of what was happening in... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
A must if you like history of the gold rush and chinese influence

It is a must if you are visiting Ararat. The building is stunning quite authentic in design and... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Chris K
Adelaide, 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
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  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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31-33 Lambert St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 1078
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Enjoyed it all as the exhibits are well put together and the details of what was happening in Ararat in the Gold Days was especially poignant. Being a first generation Chinese in Oz it was heart warming and heart rending to learn of the hard...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

It is a must if you are visiting Ararat. The building is stunning quite authentic in design and construction. The history is well presented numerous authentic items of the era. The staff are very helpful. The chinese history in the gold fields is well presented...More

Thank Chris K
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Lots of artefacts to explore & great video on early history. It is great that you can interact with some of the props. The staff are all volunteers & they are so friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. A must do attraction in Ararat.

Thank Michelle F
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

This museum has some great exhibits on the history of the gold rush in Ararat and of the Chinese settlement of the area. It starts of with a video explaining the Chinese settlement and then you can follow the number sequence of the exhibits through...More

Thank CharlieHerb
Reviewed 21 July 2017

A peaceful place. Great views, great design and very interesting and lots of parking across the road.

Thank den003
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Make a point of taking visitors to this amazing place every time. Took my 11 year old granddaughter a few days ago. Perfect for a child/ person interested in the early history of Ararat. Run by dedicated Volunteers who are knowlegable, friendly, helpful. Dressing up...More

Thank Hillsgal
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This extraordinary building, which was erected with the aid of the people of Taishan in the China and the Chinese Society in Melbourne. It also tells of the world's richest alluvial gold mine,"The Canton Lead", which is the site, where Gum San is situated. It...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 28 April 2017

The museum was beautifully arranged and told the extraordinary stories of the Chinese miners who found the gold that made Ararat a magnet during the gold rushes. We have much to thank these diligent, fair-minded and creative people for.

Thank judith b
Reviewed 11 April 2017

An amazing hands on history of the Chinese gold rush in Ararat. Lots of great displays and activities such as gold panning for the children to participate in. The shop is also stocked with lots of unusual gifts for everyone.

Thank Areynold
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

My young family loved gold panning and trying calligraphy. The staff were very welcoming and patient in explaining the history.

Thank skipinlondon
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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.
7 July 2015|
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Response from JustTravelAnywhere | Reviewed this property |
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