Be Inspired at MADE Ballarat.
Uncover the history of Australian Democracy at the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade in Ballarat‘s Interactive MADE Museum.
Home to the original Eureka Flag, a flag rich in tradition with an amazing legacy and story.
MADE Ballarat helps you explore how the Eureka Stockade has had an important role in shaping democracy in Australia, but the museum is more than that.
The museum is engaging for Children and Adults alike, and It allows you to explore the concept of Democracy. It tells the stories of the men and women all around the world that fought for freedoms we take for granted today. People like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jnr, Mary Fisher. As well as more local stories commemorating the men and women who fought for democratic freedom at the Eureka Stockade.
MADE Ballarat has a great colouring in station for the children where they can design their own flag and attach it to the wall for all to see. It has a range of static displays as well as interactive digital displays.
My favourite display showcased a variety of famous speeches and I have included a few snippets in my video below.
But the most iconic display is “the flag on the southern cross” on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. When you sit in the darkened room looking over the flag you are blown away by the magnitude of its size, and all that it stands for.
The Flag on the Southern Cross is 4m long X 2.6m high
Locals – Free (Need ID with local postcode)
Children (Under 5) – Free
15-18 (students) $8 (But must show student card.
Family Pass Min 1A, 2C but max 5 Persons $35
Hours of Operation
10 am – 5 pm (Daily)
Excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Open – Monday – Friday 10am – 3:30pm, Weekends 9:30am – 4pm
Made Cafe stock a great variety of Cafe foods. It is a lovely space with large windows and artwork adorning the room. The perfect place to grab a coffee after wandering through the Museum. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or a quick snack. When we went we were really impressed by the friendly staff who served us. Our food and drinks arrived quickly.
They offered free activity packs for the children which allowed us to relax whilst the children had a great time colouring in, doing dot to dot and other puzzles.
MADE Ballarat Giftshop
A visit to a museum wouldn’t be complete without a browse through a gift shop and MADE Ballarat doesn’t disappoint. With a huge range of things to chose from.
Have you been to MADE Ballarat before?
What are some of your favourite museums? We also love Scienceworks and try and take our kids every year.
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