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Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

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Interactive displays keep the kids interested

Spent a lovey afternoon at the center earlier this week. My children (aged 14,11,7) all enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Wollongong, Australia
Good for people who want to learn Australian history

I am from the United States, so I don't know about Australian history. This museum describes the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), is one of Australia's newest museums, located on the site of the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat. It is a 1.5-hour drive west of Melbourne. It is a a new style of museum that uses the history and...more
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102 Stawell Street South | Enter next to Eureka Pool and drive down to carpark, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 1800 287 113
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent a lovey afternoon at the center earlier this week. My children (aged 14,11,7) all enjoyed the interactive displays and activities. It is well set out and maintained. The staff were very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable. There is something to keep all ages amused...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I am from the United States, so I don't know about Australian history. This museum describes the miner uprisings that created the democratic system in Australia in the mid 19th century. It's a good overview, but I recommend that if you visit on a weekday,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this site 10 years ago it was much more informative about the Eureka stockade and uprising. This site now focuses more on democracy and plays down the real issue of why the miners felt the need to protest the corrupt government and police...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled across this museum whilst visiting the Stockade and what a great find it was. Extremely moving and informative about our Australian history. The original flag was mesmerising to sit and look at. Cost for a family was $35 and fantastic value for money....More

1  Thank AndStace
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

We visited the Eureka Centre and spent about 3 hours here. The information was presented in interactive displays and was easy to operate and understand. If you are interested in the Eureka Stockade and where it is said Australian Democracy started, then this is a...More

1  Thank NthQueenslanders
Reviewed 22 August 2018

First of all, ignore the negative reviews. This is a wonderful museum relating to a terrible event in Australia's history. To see the actual flag, representing a time of horrific bloodshed and a fight for what the miners believed in, gave me goosebumps. The story...More

1  Thank MJ T
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

It is a brilliant museum that has found the right balance of information, interactive and inspirational. All 4 of us ( 2 adults, 2 teens) have different levels of knowledge around the Eureka Stockade and all of us left inspired and grateful for the democratic...More

1  Thank Cate H
Reviewed 18 July 2018

1854 Original Eureka Flag is onsite here at the moment - Which was the only thing really worth seeing. Disappointing there was no stories on the flag around....having to read about it online. Although I did like how Modern the museum was and the Theater...More

Thank Samantha F
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

This museum offers many interactive experiences about Australian democracy and its birthplace being the Eureka stockade. Its specially interesting to be able to observe the original southern cross flag close up.

1  Thank jen201865
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

While it was amazing to see the eureka flag there is little else worthy of mention. The hands on interactive story of eureka was good but very few artifacts and stories.... there is so much more that they could do as it is an amazing...More

1  Thank Grant P
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Beck and Steven X
Just wondering if anyone knows why two of the most important & significant democratic "battles" in Australia's history have been completely ignored by this 'Museum'. Singularly one of the most important events EVER to occur in this country in the last 100 years - The History of the Franklin River Campaign 1976 - 1983 - was a Landmark in Australian Environmental and Constitutional History. It also led to the birth of the Australian Greens Political Party. Second but in no ways of less significance was the - The Daintree Blockade, Fight to Save Australia's Tropical Rainforests -Quote "The blockade set off a clash of ideologies: greenies against developers, hippies against the local council, and anarchists against police. In time, the Daintree blockade would help shape the growing Australian Environment Movement". I fail to understand the justification for what is in effect an entire decade, 1980's, of Australia's Democracy being ignored yet they have included references to a fight over the opening of a McDonalds store ? Thank you for your help
6 February 2018|
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Response from Beck and Steven X | Reviewed this property |
Thank you for your feedback Peter L, your time in posting your answer is appreciated. I have had initial feedback from the Museum & based upon that & the rhetoric seen in the Museum's feedback to many of the reviews to... More
Selina M
18 January 2016|
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Response from JuliePittard | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bus route that goes out past M.A.D.E you would need a valid myki cardCheck Davis Bus Services Ballarat the Ballarat-Eureka Route 8 will get you to the museum. I do not know how much a taxi would cost... More
Donna P
24 August 2015|
Response from | Property representative |
Hi DonnaP the cost of admission is $12 per adult, $8 per child (over 5) and a family pass is $35. regards Jane Smith Director