Theatre: 280

Banquet: 130

Cocktail: 290

Rooms: 0

On-site dining

The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute is a majestic venue that seamlessly blends historical charm with modern amenities, making it the ideal setting for a wide range of events and gatherings. With its rich heritage features, this venue transports you to a bygone era while offering state-of-the-art facilities.

Our offerings include cinema-quality projection on a spacious presentation screen, a lectern and risers for enhanced visibility, a professional sound system, recently updated lighting equipment, and internet access throughout the building.

Among our versatile spaces is the crown jewel, the Minerva Space—a 280-seat theatre ballroom featuring a proscenium-arch stage. The Humffray Room, with its 100-seat capacity, boasts an incredibly high ceiling, a heritage grand piano, and a built-in bar, making it perfect for a variety of events.

For more intimate gatherings or breakout sessions, the Hugh Williamson Foyer offers a welcoming ambiance.

We take accessibility seriously, and our venue is fully accessible via the front foyer’s lift, ensuring that all guests can enjoy the splendid surroundings.

Whether you’re planning a conference, presentation, performance, formal dinner, cinema screening, exhibition, or training session, the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute is the perfect backdrop for your event. Experience the timeless elegance of our historic venue.




Breakout spaces

Conference/function facilities


In-house A/V


Meeting rooms



117/119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

0.6km from town centre

Venue capacity

Minerva Space280130----290
Humffray Room1006040403030130
Hugh Williamson Foyer-30-2014-30
Heritage Reading Room----16-60

117/119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

0.6km from town centre

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