Experiences & Exhibitions

Wonderful Things Exhibition

Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum is celebrating 40 years with an exhibition, Wonderful Things featuring the strange, eclectic and wonderful things amassed over the last four decades. We have an eclectic collection ranging from gold, fashion and taxidermy, to art and pharmaceuticals. Explore the stories and hidden collections during a special floor talk of Wonderful Things with our curator, followed by an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of our collection store featuring rarely seen objects. Suitable for ages 15+, limited numbers.

Where: Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street (opposite Sovereign Hill)

When: Saturday 25 May – 3.00pm

Cost: $15 + booking fee

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wonderful-things-ballarat-heritage-weekend-tickets-58770782994

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute Exhibition

In their library spaces, the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute will host special displays featuring the BMI collection of photgraphs, books and archives. It will be the first time that our oldest book,  The Holy Bible  dated 1585,  has been on show. It will joined by  our next oldest book Britannia  dated 1586. Other very special editions such as  A Voyage to Terra Australis 1814, The three voyages of Captain Cook around the World 1821  and the Eureka Stockade by Carboni 1855 We will also have for sale a large quantity of elaborately bound and boxed Folio Society  books as well as beautifully bound volumes of Parliamentary Papers all of which would enhance your book shelf or office. Lorayne Branch will be in the Heritage Reading Room to chat about Ballarat inventor Henry Sutton.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117 Sturt Street

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May – 10.00am to 4.00pm. (Talks at 11.00am and 2.00pm)

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture

Held in Sovereign Hill’s Victoria Theatre, this free community event marks National Sorry Day by featuring a talk from a local person working on Aboriginal history. Come along to learn about Ballarat’s fascinating Aboriginal story from experts and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions.

Where: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street

When: Sunday 26 May

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Cost: Free (but must book to reserve your place)

Bookings: Details to follow!


Scribe is a live writing process creating a democratic document of the live event. It is designed and led by Australian artist Leisa Shelton / FRAGMENT31 and a collective of artists assembled in each city and site it is invited to attend. Scribes actively enable the reflections we don’t take the time or feel we have the time to make on the work we experience. Our task is to open and hold this space for each individual. On this occasion, Scribes will be in attendance in public spaces around this years Ballarat Heritage Weekend and ask the question “What Heritage will we leave for the future”.

Where: Various locations within the Ballarat Heritage Weekend footprint

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May – 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Join in this fantastic experience to share your story and shape the engagement!