The original Flag of the Southern Cross (the Eureka Flag) from 1854, on display in a purpose built gallery
M.A.D.E at dusk
Kids love the interactive touch screens, packed with information and original documents
Browsing for bushfood spices in Saltbush Kitchen
State-of-the-art touchscreens tell the story of the Eureka Stockade, from the start of the goldrush through to its affects on contemporary Australian society

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Address: 102 Stawell St South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350

Phone: 03 5333 0333  |  Freecall: 1800 287 113  


The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) is an Australian museum, which engages visitors in the compelling story of democracy. The stories are told of the ordinary men and women, past and present, which have fought for the democratic freedoms that Australians enjoy today.

Located on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade, M.A.D.E explores the powerful story of Eureka as a significant part of the struggle for peoples' rights in Australia and around the world. M.A.D.E commemorates the pivotal role of the Stockade in shaping Australia's democracy. This is where a group of largely young people fought injustice, and won some of the first democratic rights in the world.

M.A.D.E's permanent exhibition uses innovative digital immersion to engage visitors with the questions such as, what is democracy and why do we care? Why has it been fought for, yesterday and today? What does it feel like to be without power?

Combining contemporary technology with historic objects, the role of the people as the centre of democracy is explored. How are decisions made? Who are they made for? What influence do you have in societies contemporary democracy today?

Iconic historic objects are also on display including the Flag of the Southern Cross, which is generously on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The flag is exhibited for the first time since 1854 on this historic site.

Through a series of exciting public programs and temporary exhibitions, visitors are inspired to explore diversity, creativity and the hidden stories of the past and present. As a centre of discussion on contemporary democracy, M.A.D.E has been proud to host some of Australia's most creative thinkers.

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Valid for children 6 to 15 years.



Acceptable concession cards: Carer Card, Commonwealth Seniors Card, Victorian Seniors Card, Health Care Card, International Seniors Card, Overseas University Card, Pension Card, Student Card (Australian or International) and Veteran Affairs Card.



Price includes up to two adults and three children


Ballarat Residents

Ballarat residents enter free, please provide proof of residency upon entry.


Payment methods accepted

EFTPOS  MasterCard  VISA Card 

Local directions

Enter via Stawell Street between the Eureka Hall and Eureka Pool. Look for Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) signs. Ballarat is only an hour and a half drive west of Melbourne.


  • Bicycle rack
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Conference/convention facilities
  • Access without assistance for the disabled
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Interpretive centre
  • Interactive centre


  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Self guided

Opening hours

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Sunday to Saturday
10:00am -5:00pm


  • Australian Regional Tourism Network
  • Museums Australia

Disabled access

The museum is fully accessible for visitors with limited mobility.

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