Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute

Entertainment Venues

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.


Conference/Convention Facilities Enquiry Desk Family Friendly Free Wifi Non Smoking Public Toilet

Disabled Assistance

Caters for challenges with learning and communication Caters for limited mobility Caters for vision impairment Wheelchair access


Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation


Free Entry

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