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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat)

Goldfields

  • Exhibition in the Reading Room
  • BMI at night 2016
  • BMI in the 1930s
  • International Womens Day in the Humffray Room
  • Ballarat Heritage Weekend in the Minerva Space
Ballarat Mechanics Institute

The BMI is Ballarat's independently run cultural hub, established 1859, and home to stunning architecture and cultural treasures. Explore an institute built on gold for the education and entertainment of the community, right in the centre of Ballarat. Be taken back in time in the Heritage Reading Room, housing a unique collection of books and artefacts, and enjoy the Max Harris Photography

The BMI is Ballarat's independently run cultural hub, established 1859, and home to stunning architecture and cultural treasures. Explore an institute built on gold for the education and entertainment of the community, right in the centre of Ballarat. Be taken back in time in the Heritage Reading Room, housing a unique collection of books and artefacts, and enjoy the Max Harris Photography Collection in the BMI library featuring curated displays of historic Ballarat images spanning the 1860s to 1960s.

Join a building tour every Thursday at 2:00pm or by appointment, and hear about the colourful history of the institute and its people, from J.B. Humffray (fresh from Eureka) to the grand Minerva space and its history as a cinema. All spaces are available for hire and membership to the institute is welcomed.

Check the website for special events and news. Entry by donation.

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Facilities

  • Public toilet

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

Memberships

  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

Accessibility

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times

Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf