Day Tours of the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute


The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI) is Ballarat’s independently run cultural hub, established 1859, and home to stunning heritage architecture and cultural treasures.

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. Explore the Max Harris Photography and heritage book collections, and get special local tips on the best things to see, do, and taste in town.

  • Tuesdays  | Tours commence and 2pm and finish 3.30pm | bookings essential (we require 24hrs notice).
  • Group Tours | bookings essential
  • $10 per person (including GST) includes light refreshment

Special notes:

  • Some tours may be restricted due to event space bookings.
  • Tours are conducted by BMI Volunteers .
  • If you would like to book a tour, please complete the form providing your details prior to purchasing the tour (if you have already booked a tour we will match the name below to the booking) .
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