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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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Ararat's Gold History at its best!

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ararat, Australia
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Ararat, Australia
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12 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

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

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Hull East Yorks
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 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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Thank squinth
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and we do try to keep our entry costs afordable. I will pass on your kind words to our staff. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

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

Thanks for taking the time to send in a review of our unique facility, we are very proud of our Chinese beginnings, being the only city in Australia founded by the Chinese. We hope to see you again next time you're passing More 

Forster, Australia
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247 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Myzadim3
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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96 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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4 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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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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