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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Well Worth a Visit

It was great to see acknowledgement of the Chinese contribution to Australia from the goldrush... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2018
Rob M
,
Geelong, Australia
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Reasonably priced, definitely worth a visit

Ararat has a lot of history and this interactive museum is reasonably priced, staffed by friendly... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
peter s
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Rockhampton, 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...more
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31-33 Lambert St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 1078
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All reviews gold panning interactive displays gold fields gold rush south australia gold mine great place to visit worth a visit minute film audio tour interesting introduction extraordinary building great exhibits self guided early history don t miss all ages
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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

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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
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

Reviewed 31 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

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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 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.

Reviewed 28 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

Thank raymon o
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 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.

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
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 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.

Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

This was a very informative trip to this Heritage Centre. Enjoyed the history surrounding this famous area for gold digging. Staff very welcoming and informative. Displays were very authentic. A great place to visit for an afternoon.

Thank John R
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

I'm very glad you had a pleasant afternoon at our amazing Centre, thanks for the kind words

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

Thank Chooky
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and yes you're right in all you say about the tenacity and work ethics of the Chinese that came to the Goldfields. It is an amazing story. Thank you for your kind words.

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
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you for your recommendation, I will pass on your kind words to the staff. Isn't the building amazing? And so full of the little quirks and needs of Chinese custom and superstition in it's design. Thanks again.

Reviewed 30 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 Shelbymfi
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thanks for your kind words, I will pass them along to the staff. I'm glad you enjoyed our video, it does tell the story very well.

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Valerie S
23 July 2018|
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Response from John W | Property representative |
Hi Valerie, great questions. Adult entry is $10, Concession is $8 and we accept carers card so the carer is free. Yes we are disability friendly with a ramp up to our building that winds its way through our garden. Not much... More
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MichaelDuke
15 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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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
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