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Minerva’s Secrets | Night Tours

November 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Explore tales of the weird and supernatural – the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute at night. Looking for a unique way to explore Ballarat’s rich history and culture? Look no further than the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute’s Night Tours!

This beautiful heritage building dates back to the 1860s and boasts a fascinating history that is just waiting to be explored. During these tours, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, exploring the library’s impressive collection of rare books and manuscripts, and learn about the building’s original purpose as a hub for scientific and technological education. And make sure to check out the basement, which is steeped in mystery and intrigue – you never know what secrets you might uncover!

Whether you’re a local looking to discover more about your city’s history, or a visitor seeking a unique and memorable experience, the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute’s Night Tours are not to be missed.

Led by expert guides who are passionate about the building’s history, these tours will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Ballarat. Book your tickets today and get ready to step back in time!

The tours have a small capacity, and therefore, numbers are limited.

Group bookings are available – please contact our Tours Coordinator – Katrina Hill

Note | Accessibility

Most of this tour is wheelchair accessible, however the tour does include entry into the BMI Basement, which is not wheelchair accessible. The tour does involve stairs, however a lift is available throughout (except to the basement). This tour is not Auslan interpreted, and the guide does not use any amplification system. Tour groups will enter dimly lit areas of the building under supervision of the guide.

BMI Accessibility information can be found at https://ballaratmi.org.au/accessibility 

Photo of Minerva: Paul Lambeth

Cost / Bookings:  $25 plus booking fee & gst.

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November 26
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute
117-119 Sturt Street
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350 Australia
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The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute 2024 Calendar

Orders accepted until
6 December 2024 

Featuring the BMI Image Collection | $40

 $5 off for our last night tours for 2023