Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

at 117 Sturt St, Ballarat Central, 3350

This is the official page of the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI), Ballarat's independently run cultural hub. Get involved today!

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute
117 Sturt St
Ballarat Central 3350
Contact Phone
P: +61 3 5331 3042


Ballarat has one of the most vibrant cultural scenes to be found anywhere in regional Australia. The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI) is positioned in the Ballarat arts triangle - between the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Her Majesty’s Theatre. Established in 1859, and independently run, membership to the BMI gives access to our lending library and heritage books and archives, and discounts on events and hire. All are welcome to visit for tours, cultural events and exhibitions, and to hire our unique function rooms. With the addition of a new finishing kitchen, the BMI is a special venue for holding celebrations, weddings, conferences and performances. The BMI is also now home to the Max Harris Photography Collection with curated displays to enjoy and prints to buy with all proceeds supporting the ongoing operations of our independently run cultural hub. Come for a visit today!

Opening time

  • Mondays: 10:00- 16:00
  • Tuesdays: 10:00- 16:00
  • Wednesdays: 10:00- 16:00
  • Thursdays: 10:00- 16:00
  • Fridays: 10:00- 16:00
  • Saturdays: 09:30- 12:00

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