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The Minerva Space

The Minerva Space provides a majestic backdrop for concerts, conferences, presentations, performances, weddings, formal dinners, parties, cinema, exhibition space and training.
Its decorative heritage features offers elegance of years gone by whilst providing state of the art facilities including cinema quality projection, large presentation screen, main stage, lectern and lectern stage, professional sound system (Midas M32R Desk and RCF FOH Speakers), Wi-Fi access and preparation kitchen.
Round tables and tablecloths ($15 per table) are also available (as well as standard rectangular trestle tables).
Bar service available if required.

Seating/table capacity for up to 130 guests or 290 seated theatre style.
Scroll down for hiring details.

View the Minerva Space in a 360 Virtual Tour by clicking here

Who was Minerva?

Minerva was the Roman goddess who, from the 2nd Century BC equated with the Greek goddess Athena. Minerva was the virgin goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts and magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolises her ties to wisdom.

The statue of Minerva sits proudly atop the BMI, welcoming all who venture through its doors to expand their knowledge through the arts, culture and education.

The Minerva Space auditorium is part of the original 1860s building. It was designed to provide a large space for the staging of exhibitions, lectures, recitals, school speech nights and meetings.

The stage was added in 1873. It was never intended as a performing arts theatre. One of its major events was the farewell dinner to Victoria’s second Governor Sir Henry Barkly (1856 – 1863) attended by 400 people.

It has been completely refurbished and is now the jewel in Minerva’s crown. Artists and performers sing of the exceptional acoustic qualities of the Minerva Space, making it ideal for the voice, musical instruments and stage performances.

Minerva Space includes dressing rooms, a high tech projector, six beautiful, unique Brazilian crystalline lights, new velvet curtains and a retractable screen. The Minerva Space is a great asset to Ballarat’s arts scene.

Ballarat Grammar Concert Band – Jazz Day 2014

Justine Jones Hammond Combo – Jazz Day 2014

Room Hire Rates

Quoted rates are inclusive of GST. Prices are subject to change. Surcharges, as shown below, may apply for events held on weekends, public holidays and outside Institute opening hours on weekdays. Discount rates may be available for extended term bookings or, by negotiation, claims for special consideration.

The minimum hire of any facility is 2 hours.
Please Note: Booking to reflect time the room is required. eg: allow some time for preparation.

Room Hourly: $95
Daily (7hrs+): $650 (plus cleaning and out of hours opening)
Note: Rates for significant ticketed events by negotiation.
Admin and Cleaning: $45 (Minimum Fee, extra charges could apply dependant on
event and if excess cleaning is required)
Room Setup: Event dependant
Out of Hours Opening: $30 (if pre-arranged)
Refundable Bond: $300

Conditions of Hire –

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Room Hire Rates –

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Calendar Availability

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Venue & Facilities Coordinator

P: 0419 677 713
E: venue@ballaratmi.org.au