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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Ararat
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

This is a first class Museum that is as good as any we have seen . The exhibits are of high quality and chronologically ordered to explain the Chinese history in the district and their foundational role in the formation of Ararat. The 15 minute video on entry is well worth the time. Apart from the local content there is a fascinating room on the left as you enter, providing a high level over view of China and its traditions and culture. Allow an hour at least ... it will disappear.

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"gold rush"
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"south australia"
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"gold mine"
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"great place to visit"
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"worth a visit"
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"minute film"
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"audio tour"
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"interesting introduction"
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"extraordinary building"
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

We congratulate the small group of local enthusiasts who had a dream for 40 years to create this beautiful museum to acknowledge the contribution of the Chinese for discovering Ararat and helping to establish the town. They’re contribution was amazing.
The displays, the information and history are all beautifully done. Congratulations to all those involved in the creation of this wonderful historic place. A must see museum.

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Best day had visiting the way everything is displayed and the information given if amazing. The interactive parts are so much fun and the price is great.

Thank robynterese
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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 "self guided" but you can also get an audio tour.
Check the roof...amazing!
Play with all the audio/visuals and step back in time when you read all the personal/family stories.
Well worth $10 adult, $8 concession entry

1  Thank Rob M
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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 to offer. History, mining, gold panning, Chinese culture and the part the Chinese played in founding Ararat. Before leaving make sure you go upstairs and check out the roof of this extraordinary building.

Thank peter s
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