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Delve deep into the region's past at one of the fascinating museums in the Goldfields. Learn about the discovery of gold, the story of Australia becoming a nation, and the rich history of the area.

Southern Cross

Visit Ballarat's Gold Museum for a history of the discovery of gold and the rapid transformation of the area as hopefuls rushed to the area. See the original Eureka flag at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE), hear stories of the rebellion, and learn about what life was like in the early days.

For a fun and informative day out, visit the 'living museum' of Sovereign Hill. Pan for gold, take a ride on a coach and see how life was for the miners during the gold rush.

Enter the dragon

Set aside a morning to explore the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo. Discover the remarkable legacy of the region's Chinese miners and settlers who arrived on the Goldfields in the 1850s.

On track

Take a ride on a vintage tram in Ballarat or Bendigo. Visit the Ballarat Tramway Museum and Bendigo Tramways to see vintage trams and learn the history behind Victoria's famous means of public transport.

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Architecture & design

Bendigo Joss House Temple

Explore this historic 1860s temple, constructed with local brick, and learn the stories of the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold.


Buda Historic Home & Garden

While away an afternoon exploring the historic villa and enchanting gardens established by prominent silversmith Ernest Leviny in the 1860s.


Golden Dragon Museum

Experience a living history of Bendigo's Chinese population and explore exhibitions featuring artefacts dating as far back as the Shang Dynasty.


Creswick Museum and Research Centre

An accredited museum housed in the Town Hall complex, the Creswick Museum and Research Centre is in the old Infant Welfare Centre. The Research...

Art galleries

Castlemaine Art Museum

Founded in 1913, Castlemaine Art Museum specialises in Australian art. The Gallery's remarkable permanent collection a strong emphasis on traditional...

Gold rush history

Sovereign Hill

Strike it rich with a day out in 1850s Ballarat and pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and relive the Eureka Rebellion with sound and light.


Eucalyptus Distillery Museum

Inglewood Eucalyptus Distillery site offers a unique attraction set at the historic Jones Eucalyptus Distillery, providing an interactive experience...


Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat

Delve into the stories of the Eureka Stockade, its impact on democracy and freedom in Australia and around the world, in an award-winning museum.


Gold Museum

The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill's story of Ballarat - a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian...


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