• Art, theatre & culture

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central, Victoria, 3350

Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI), sitting proudly under the watchful eye of Minerva, has welcomed a diverse group of people through its doors, from the founding fathers, to miners and others seeking knowledge through education.

Since 1859, the BMI has been used for balls, lectures, markets, cinema, library, concerts and cultural events. Following a magnificent restoration in 2013, the BMI continues its significant role in Ballarat’s rich cultural heritage.

All are welcome to visit for tours, cultural events and exhibitions, and to hire our unique function rooms. The BMI is a special venue for holding celebrations, weddings, conferences and performances.

Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.

Content: The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute
Opening hours:
  • Monday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Entry cost:

Free entry

Accessibility:
  • Actively welcomes people with access needs
  • Suitable for guests who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour
  • Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
Facilities:
  • Conference/convention facilities
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
Membership:
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central, Victoria, 3350

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