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Exhbition Not the Last Picture Show: From the Archives – Ballarat Heritage Festival


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This Heritage Reading Room (the original Mining Exchange in Ballarat) houses a fascinating and authentic representation of a Mechanics’ Institute library from early last century, and visitors will be delighted at the opportunity to touch, feel and read some of more than 16,000 historic books and other publications that make up the registered collection, for a small entry fee. 

Visitors will also be able to access a continuation of the themed exhibition within this magnificent room, focusing on the history of Ballarat’s community spaces dedicated to entertainment and the importance of those in strengthening a cohesive and inclusive community.

This event is part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival.

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  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
17 May - 26 May
10:30am - 4:00pm

Ballarat Mechanics Institute

117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

Free entry for BMI members | General admittance $5.00 on arrival at the library desk.

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