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Gold Museum

Find out about the treasured metal that enticed thousands of prospectors to find their fortune in the gold rush of the mid 19th century at this intriguing museum.

The Gold Museum in Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill complex presents an insight into the glimmering  metal that built the city and changed the course of Australian history. Learn about the precious gold nuggets that were transformed into priceless treasures and launched Ballarat onto the world stage in the 1850s. Peruse mesmerizing displays of golden artifacts and alluvial deposits as you explore this modern museum situated within the city’s open-air historical village.

The Gold Museum’s distinctive building incorporates a series of concrete panels and glass planes that appear to jut out of the hillside like the facets of a precious stone. Enter the building and begin your journey with the museum’s major exhibition, Ballarat: Inspired by Gold. This comprehensive exhibition shows a timeline of the historic city from its early days as a European settlement to the enormous impact of the mid 1800s gold rush. Learn about how this precious metal captured the imagination of thousands of people across the world that flocked to the goldfields to try their luck.

Make your way through the museum’s collection of exhibits that showcase the many forms that gold can take. See rough gold nuggets and alluvial deposits, as well as expertly crafted gold artifacts and coins. The invaluable resource was traded over the gold-rush years to create the booming wealth that formed the city of Ballarat.

Take a moment to check out the views from the glass-fronted museum. You’ll see views across the Sovereign Hill complex and a statue of Sir John Bolte. The museum’s gift shop stocks an impressive array of gold nuggets, exquisite gifts and locally crafted gold jewelry. Peruse artworks and craft made by local Aboriginal artists or pick up beautiful scented oils infused with gold flakes and dried wildflowers.

Entry to the Gold Museum is included in the admission to the Sovereign Hill open-air museum complex. Separate admission is also available for a fee, which is discounted for concession, children and families. The museum is open daily, except for Christmas Day. Parking is available on site for free.


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Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites AU$153
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites

Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites

525 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Golden Point, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond are also within 15 minutes.

    Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre AU$128
    Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

    Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Barkly Motorlodge AU$95
      Barkly Motorlodge

      Barkly Motorlodge

      43 Main Road, Bakery Hill, VIC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Bakery Hill, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballarat Town Hall and Sovereign Hill. Art Gallery of Ballarat and St Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ballarat Station is 15 minutes by foot.

        Mid City Ballarat AU$129
        Mid City Ballarat

        Mid City Ballarat

        19 Doveton St North, Ballarat Central, VIC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Ballarat Central, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of St John of God Hospital Ballarat and Ballarat Base Hospital. Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ballarat Station is 6 minutes by foot.

          Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies AU$90
          Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies

          Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies

          5-7 Humffray Street North, Bakery Hill, VIC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Bakery Hill, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town Hall and St Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ballarat Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Sovereign Hill Hotel
            Sovereign Hill Hotel

            Sovereign Hill Hotel

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond and Lake Esmond Botanical Garden are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Oscar's Hotel AU$140
              Oscar's Hotel

              Oscar's Hotel

              18 Doveton Street South, Ballarat Central, VIC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Ballarat Central, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from St Patrick's Cathedral and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town Hall and Art Gallery of Ballarat are also within 10 minutes. Ballarat Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Lake Inn Ballarat AU$162
                Lake Inn Ballarat

                Lake Inn Ballarat

                1317 Mair Street, Ballarat Central, VIC
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Ballarat Central, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Ballarat Base Hospital and St John of God Hospital Ballarat. Art Gallery of Ballarat is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away. Ballarat Station is 22 minutes by foot.