J Ward Museum

Take a guided tour explaining the early history of the goldfield times and later, the incarceration of the criminally insane.

J Ward is the premier tourist venue in the Victorian town of Ararat, visited by more than 10,000 people annually (greater than Ararat's population).

Relive its past by taking a guided tour conducted by the Friends of J Ward volunteers. These people are passionate about J Ward's heritage. J Ward is not just dry history. Our volunteers tell its story of people who lived, who broke the law, who couldn't help themselves, who feared, who died.

Tour times

Tours run every day at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Extra tours run at 12pm and 3pm on Sundays and Vic. Public and Vic. School Holidays (except Christmas Day).

Tour prices

Adults $16, concession $14, under 16 $5, under 5 free.

Concession applies to Aged Pensioners, Seniors Card holders and pre-booked groups of ten or more.