Ballarat Gold museum, situated opposite to Sovereign Hill, regales the story of Ballarat’s gold rush with its impressive collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins. Opened in 1978, the museum also features, Harris-Pearce Family Collection which includes photographs, albums and costume accessories which once belonged to the family. Among other collections like war museum collections, miners’ rights collections and Ballarat historical museum collections, It also has a small collection of artefacts and memorabilia relating to 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising. Large size nuggets on display are the major attraction of the museum.
Visitors purchasing Sovereign Hill tickets get free entry to Gold Museum. Separate tickets to Gold Museum are also available.
Museum runs educational programs custom designed for school children which even provides access to material not on public display. Along with permanent displays, the Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.
The permanent exhibition named “Inspired by Gold’ tells the story of Ballarat from its early European settlement days through the gold rush to where it stands today.
For those interested, there are opportunities for volunteering at the Museum. Contact Volunteer Coordinator at the Gold Museum on (03) 5329 2319 for more information.
The Museum gift shop gives the visitors an opportunity to buy gold nuggets, gold coins, gold jewellery and souvenirs.
Location: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Vic 3350
Opening Hours: Daily 9:30am to 5:30pm. Last entry is 5.20 pm.
Parking is free.