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Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An amazing collection

Considering these books are from UK it is incredible as to how they ended up in Ballarat. Some of... read more

Reviewed February 5, 2019
Krisherron
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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Heritage happiness

Superb heritage building housing the general subscription library and the listed Heritage Library... read more

Reviewed December 26, 2018
Simon S
,
Ballarat, Australia
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Feb 5, 2019
“An amazing collection”
Dec 26, 2018
“Heritage happiness”
About
The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute was established in 1859 and is part of the historical and cultural heart of Ballarat CBD. During its long history, the BMI has welcomed a diverse group from founding fathers, to miners and others seeking knowledge...more
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117 Sturt St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed February 5, 2019 via mobile

Considering these books are from UK it is incredible as to how they ended up in Ballarat. Some of the books must be priceless

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Krisherron
Reviewed December 26, 2018

Superb heritage building housing the general subscription library and the listed Heritage Library. Postcards and reproduced early views of Ballarat on sale and well worth the small cost.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Simon S
Reviewed October 20, 2018

This building was absolutely eye catching. So much intricate details. Easy to find and included in self guided walk of Ballarat

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Carol R
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This is worth a visit - the library alone is a gem. Upstairs in the auditorium, the design and performacne of the curved walls at the rear of the room are astounding. You can whisper on stage and people at the back of the room...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank matthewt526
Reviewed June 25, 2018

I love the Heritage Collection Reading Room in the library at the back. It has great ambience and a wealth of antiquarian (old and rare books). Become a member and you can use the libraries as much as you want. The Max Harris photographic collection...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank MissDebonair
BallaratBMI, Public Relations Manager at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Thank you for such a glowing review MissDebonair.

Reviewed June 12, 2018

This little gem is tucked away and almost missed every time I pass up Sturt Street, but after recently attending a function there it truly put it on the map. The architecture and design is absolutely stunning and the place is fantastically maintained.

Date of experience: April 2018
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BallaratBMI, Public Relations Manager at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2018

Thanks for the kind words Sam. We're pleased you enjoyed your time here.

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