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“Well worth a visit”

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Ararat
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Excellent place to visit, very interesting and informative. Staff very helpful and friendly. Gave a great insight into the Chinese history within the Victorian goldfields and the hardships they faced. The roof of the building is a beautiful piece of Chinese architecture.

Visited May 2014
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Beachwood, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
388 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Beautiful building, interesting exhibits.”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

We found this museum to be a very interesting look at history which was unknown to us. The items on display are in excellent condition. The women at the front desk are passionate about the museum. A very enjoyable and learning hour.

Visited March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Amazing history connecting the birth of Ararat to Chinese gold miners”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

This was a surprise find with a substantial, attractive and interesting museum located in the regional town of Ararat. It tells the story of Chinese miners and other "Celestials" who travelled from China to find riches to take home to their poor families in China.

There are displays, movies, clothes, dioramas and more. The roof itself is an interesting story with tiles donated from a sister city in China and a number of tilers sent out to construct the roof due as they had the expertise.

Staff were friendly - thanks Heather for taking the time to provide us with so much information.

Recommend a visit.

Visited February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

Loved this place. Staff very friendly. Lots to learn. Young children will also enjoy this place, with some activities they can do there. The shop has some lovely gifts

Visited January 2014
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Thank 551Estelle
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Newcastle, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“More rich Victorian regional heritage”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

A wonderful facility showcasing the Chinese history of life on the Victorian goldfields through to today's multicultural associations with sister towns in modern day China. This heritage has followed through to today and explains some of the contributions of the Chinese to Victoria's evolving economy and community. The artifacts on display are fascinating, the stories told enlightening, and don't miss the story of the roof and and it's donation and installation. Go up the 29 steps to get a close up of the traditional figurines.

Visited January 2014
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