Ballarat Tramway Museum
Art & culture
Travel back in time with the Ballarat Tramway Museum. Ride in one of the 100 year old trams which provided Ballarat's public transport until 1971. The journey is through the beautiful Botanical Gardens alongside Lake Wendouree. It takes about 20 minutes. The museum was formed to keep alive a tramway experience that has otherwise disappeared from the streets of Ballarat. It is run by one of a few purely volunteer groups in the world operating tramcars on a public road and over a section of original track. At the depot the story of the Ballarat trams and its people is told through photographs, historic films and tramway memorabilia. The tramcar fleet and workshop can also be inspected. Guided tours can be arranged. Souvenir items may be purchased. The running fleet includes nine tramcars which initially ran in Melbourne and arrived in Ballarat between 1930 and 1951, and four acquired directly from Melbourne by the Museum. Trams include Ballarat Horse Tram No. 1, from 1887 and one, under restoration, from the original Electric Supply Company of Victoria fleet. Trams run every weekend and on Victorian school and public holidays. The Museum is normally open on Tuesdays and on many Wednesdays.