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Ballarat Tramway Museum

Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5334 1580
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Fun reminder of yesteryear

We enjoyed our free visit to the tram museum, paying a small donation on entry. The kids loved... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
beckany
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Australia
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very interesting

We enjoyed riding on the tram during our stay in Ballarat and going through the museum. Brought... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cynthia5555
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Geelong, Australia
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The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are dedicated to the task of preserving and operating part of the former Ballarat street tramways. Trams operate between 12:30 and 5:00pm every weekend and public holiday and during the Victorian school holidays. The trams run along Wendouree Parade through the beautiful and historic Botanical Gardens. Nearby Lake Wendouree is visible for most of the journey of fifteen to twenty minutes. At the Tram Depot a tram has been ingeniously converted into a display room where many tramway relics are on view. A short DVD presentation documents the history of tramways in Ballarat. All the Museum's trams are also on display including Horse Tram No 1 from 1887. Souvenirs are available for sale both on the trams and at the Depot. The Tram Depot is open on weekends and at other times when volunteer staffing permits. It is usually open every Tuesday from 10:30am. Group visits can usually be arranged at any time for groups as diverse as schools, senior citizens and wedding parties. A recent addition to the tram fleet is "Cuthberts 939", our function tram. It is fitted with a small kitchen and is ideal for small functions (catering can be arranged). Check our web site for further information.
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Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our free visit to the tram museum, paying a small donation on entry. The kids loved siting In and ‘driving’ the trams. We also had the chance to ride in the tram for a small cost. That was really fun.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed riding on the tram during our stay in Ballarat and going through the museum. Brought back some great memories

Thank Cynthia5555
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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

The trams on display are very well kept and you can sit inside them. Lots of history and interesting things to read about the trams. Some of the trams were from the 1800s and early 1900s. Fascinating!

Thank Michelle N
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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here as we were walking past, back from the botanic gardens. It is full of interesting information and the kids had a ball playing on the different trams. You can ring the bell and turn the wheel. Such fun! And free entry too....More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Very interesting and has interactive technology for historic information. Worth visiting but toddler children won't enjoy it. They love the ride on the tram and walking to the fairy park after.More

Thank Daniel H
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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2018

Hi Daniel. You are certainly right about the younger children's response when riding the trams. Whenever i get the opportunity to be the tram driver for the day, I see so much wide eyed pleasure from the little ones. So many of those living nearby...More

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Reviewed January 28, 2018

Spent over an hour looking around the Museum and talking to staff about the history of the Ballarat Tram service and the trams that are in their collection. Great to talk to people who know their subject matter. Well worth the time spent learning from...More

Thank mycrown
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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2018

Thank you "mycrown" for your review. Our enthusiastic volunteers are always happy to spend time with our visitors talking about Ballarat, its history and the trams which were part of the city's history for over eighty years. The tram ride gives everyone a chance to...More

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Reviewed January 26, 2018

Had a ride in the old tram like we used to have and it bought back many memories even got the old tickets they used to give,the tram driver was such a lovely gentleman great to see the trams still running even though they are...More

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Reviewed January 15, 2018

great history of trams in ballarat from 1st that were pulled by horses. the kids love ringing the bells

Thank petersgn33
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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Thank you Peter for your enthusiastic review. Our volunteers hope to see you back again soon! No 1, Ballarat's first tram and now 130 years old, is scheduled to run again pulled by two large horses on Sunday 8 April 2018.

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Reviewed December 19, 2017

Tramway museum is a fine and comprehensive collection of rolling stock from those days long gone. All trams on display are in very good condition and the museum's active members take good care of them. We were in Ballarat on a weekday when the museum...More

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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2018

Thank you SneekerGeeker for your great review. In addition to our normal operating days on most Tuesdays there is a sizeable number of volunteers working to restore the trams. There is always someone available to give a tour of the Museum and often there is...More

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Reviewed December 4, 2017

Take yourself back in time and go see the Tramway Museum in Ballarat.. A very unique experience... A MUST SEE !!!

1  Thank Ornella M
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Response from Leo R | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do and there are conductors to help.
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Heather T
July 13, 2015|
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Hi Heather. The tram normally only operates on weekends, Victorian school and public holidays but if you would like to contact me via info@ our web address with further information about your proposed visit and the planned... More
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