Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute
The BMI has three main spaces in its heritage building available
for hire by persons, community groups or commercial organisations
for meetings, cultural or social purposes.
The rooms vary in size and range of facilities available. They
are in close proximity to each other and may be hired separately or
in combination. In order of size, the spaces are:
The Minerva Space: This is the beautifully
restored 1860 former hall and one time cinema area on the first
level of the building. Its pressed metal ceiling and decorative
features were restored in 2010 and it is painted in 19th century
heritage colours. The new, flat, polished jarrah floor is sound
insulated from rooms below. It has hydronic heating. The Minerva
Space is served by the lift and has easy access to Williamson Foyer
and Humffray Room.
The Hugh Williamson Foyer: This room (1869) is
on the Mezzanine level immediately below the Humffray Room. It has
lift access and holds up to 40 people seated theatre style, up to
The Hooper Room: is an ideal meeting room for
up to 40 people.
The Humffray Room: This beautifully restored
heritage room (1869) on the second level overlooking Sturt Street
has a carpeted floor and a 4.5 x 5m polished board area. The
Humffray Room can hold up to 120 seated
theatre-style and 70 seated dinner-style.