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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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Wonderful!!

Not to be missed when visiting Ararat. excellent out, wonderful artefacts very knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2016
Eva B
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Melbourne, Australia
Worth seeing - great staff!

Husband, 23 year old son & I visited late in the day. Staff could not have been more helpful. We... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2016
168heatherb
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South Australia, 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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Reviewed 8 April 2016

Not to be missed when visiting Ararat. excellent out, wonderful artefacts very knowledgeable staff. The building itself is a real eye-opener. A hidden gem in a small country town.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Eva B
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately it was closed so we didn't get to go inside but that didn't stop us from enjoying the beautiful Chinese gardens, the statue's or the amazing bamboo path leading to the rear of the building. We will definitely be back to explore the place...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

We are so sorry you didn't get to see inside. Thank you for your nice comments about the garden. The bamboo pathway is beautiful when its all in it's green spring growth and is a good 4-5 degrees cooler on a hot day. We hope...More

Reviewed 5 April 2016

Husband, 23 year old son & I visited late in the day. Staff could not have been more helpful. We had a great experience & learnt a great deal about local history. Magnificent interactive museum!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank 168heatherb
Reviewed 16 March 2016

The Chinese history is very important to the people of Ararat and for a $10 entrance fee you can get to hear all about it and see this magnificent building. The lady that looked after us last Saturday afternoon (12th March) was very knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Helen R
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Full of information, very friendly staff. There is video footage as well as dress ups. Worth a visit, entry is free.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank outandabout602016
Reviewed 3 March 2016

Really enjoyed the visit. The centre has some beautiful exhibits and lots of information about the Chinese gold miners that founded Ararat. Enjoyed the gold panning and calligraphy as hands on experiences are more interesting for kids. Kids can dress up and have their photo...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank Angie S
Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

My 4yo old son and I attended the museum today, We were greeted firstly with warm smiles and hospitality, we were shown around the beginning by a staff member (I believer her name is Heather) who explained the basic history and some facts about the...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank KatT508
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Much better than we had expected .Really interesting telling the story of how the Chinese gold miners founded the town and history of the Chinese people in this area .Beautiful roof built by four Chinese artisans who came over to Ararat to do the job...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank dizzyfizzy45
Reviewed 20 January 2016

Looked forward to spend some time learning about Ararat's gold mining culture. Place was closed after waiting for an hour till half past the official opening time of 10am. No one answers the phone either. Make sure you ring up before hand if planning to...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Keith L
John W, Manager at Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Sorry for the lateness of this reply, but let me apologise. Our opening times changed in early 2015 to 11 am-4 pm 7 days per week, but so many online and regional resources out of our control still had the wrong opening times listed. (Google...More

Reviewed 6 January 2016

Without doubt, a highly researched and very well presented museum. You will gain a better understanding of the impact of Chinese on Victorian growth and the formidable challenges that they faced in coming to Australia. A must for Ararat stopovers.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Ross S
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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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snozrak
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
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