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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published November 12th 2015
Australian Gold Nugget
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The Gold Museum at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat has many different rooms and displays. It recently held some new exhibitions - you can read about those exhibitions on the Gold Museum website. There are also links to two of these exhibitions below.

As well as holding some great exhibitions during the Festival of Spokes, the Gold Museum is home to Gold Nuggets, and lots of other memorabilia from the Golden Ages of Ballarat and Victoria.

The town of Ballarat is famous for gold and for great gold discoveries, for gold history and stories. Ballarat is a famous gold rush town, with it's history dating back to rebellion and the Eureka Stockade.

The Gold Museum Ballarat is part of Sovereign Hill, and is Ballarat's regional museum. The Gold Museum contains many collections, and cares for about 100,000 items. The collections range from mining and military history to costume and photography.

There are so many different collections at the Gold Museum. I will outline some of the collections briefly. If you want to browse through the collections, you can make a day of it, and also visit history in action at Sovereign Hill.

As well as the collections held within the Gold Museum, there are also five to ten new exhibitions held at the Museum every year. The Gold Museum is currently holding exhibitions related to the recent Festival of Spokes that was held on the 31st October.

The exhibitions are called "On Your Bike" and "Freewheeling - Cycling in Australia".

On Your Bike runs from October 31st 2015 until April 3rd 2016. The exhibit traces bicycle history from the early velocipede to the 20th Century Racing Bicycle. The Gold Museum will also have their collection of bicycles on display, and you'll be able to see some of the private collections held by Ballarat bicycle collectors.

Freewheeling - Cycling in Australia comes from the National Museum of Australia. It is an exhibition that explores the history of cycling in Australia. It has been traveling around the country, and the exhibition started at the Gold Museum, Ballarat on October 31st 2015, and runs until January 31st 2016.

Some of the Collections at the Gold Museum

Jessica and Paul Simon Gold Collection

This is mainly Paul Simon's coin collection, donated to the Gold Museum by Jessica Simon. There are also gold nuggets and gold samples, and material relating to the Simon's lives in Ballarat.

Ballarat Historical Society Collection

This collection includes photographs, books and documents. Also 2000 artefacts associated with the history of Ballarat.

Social History Collection

This is a diverse collection of material relating to Ballarat's history. It includes business records, a small collection of personal papers associated with Ballarat events and organisations including the Ballarat Industrial Exhibitions, the Avenue of Honour and the Ballarat Orphanage.

Eureka Collection

There are documents and artefacts associated with the lead up to the rebellion, and the aftermath.

This is a small sample of the Collections that you will find at the Gold Museum. As well as the Collections there are exhibitions on throughout the year.

The Collections at the Gold Museum are only accessible between 10.00am and 4.30pm. If researchers are after specific items or need access at other times, they can contact the Gold Museum on 03 5337 1107, and ask for the Manager / Senior Curator or Curator.
Arch of Victory, Ballarat
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Doing Research at the Gold Museum?

The Gold Museum holds a diverse range of historical collections, which include objects, archival records and photographs. Researches can search some of the collection online, or they can make an appointment to access the full collections.
Research at the Gold Museum

The Mission of the Gold Museum

The mission of the Gold Museum is to collect, conserve and interpret the mining, social, cultural and environmental heritage of the Ballarat region.

The Gold Museum is part of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association. At the Gold Museum the story of Ballarat is on display for all to see. This is the story of a provincial city built on wealth, derived from the Great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.

The Gold Museum is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria. The Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum and the Gold Museum, Ballarat have both been accredited under the Museums Australia (Victoria) Museum Accreditation Program since 1996.

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Why? History of the gold rush days
When: 9.30am to 5.30pm every day except Christmas Day
Phone: 03 5337 1107
Where: The Gold Museum, Bradshaw St, Golden Point VIC 3350, Australia
Cost: adults 12.00, concession $10.00, children $6.60
Your Comment
There's always plenty to see at Ballarat Cassandra. My husband used to live there and I hail from Ararat so it's one of our favourite places to visit. We never tire of Sovereign Hill. The gardens there are lovely too, in the early 1900's one of my great Uncle's worked in the gardens at Ballarat.
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