Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria

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At Robert Bateman Centre, discover the life and seven decades of work of Canada's most famous wildlife artist. Sited on the second floor of the 1924 Steamship Terminal--a landmark building of Victoria's Inner Harbor--the center boasts more than 100 works accompanied with multi-media commentary. Learn how Bateman's childhood adventures in urban gullies of central Toronto, his trips to Africa, and travels throughout the world shaped his style and vision as an artist. See his earliest flirtations with abstract art styles as well as small, intense landscape paintings of historical farms and ploughed fields, where human meets nature. You'll also have the chance to view portraits of his family and closest friends. A special part of his opus is a series of paintings of bird, which Bateman calls "canaries in the coal mine." A selection of Inuit stone carvings supplements the Bateman collection. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Robert Bateman Centre and many more Victoria attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Victoria trip itinerary planning website .
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  • As I have a membership, I come here frequently. The most recent visit was to see the "One Tree" exhibit. Briefly, all the pieces were made by 50 various artists from one huge walnut tree which had to ...  more »
  • The Robert Bateman museum has pieces from his early years to current. His wildlife canvases are so lifelike you feel like you can reach out and touch the animal. There is a gift shop on the first floo...  more »
  • a quick introduction regarding robert bateman and then several displays of some of his best work! i highly recommend  more »
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  • Fantastic studio. Intimate space with the one and only Robert Bateman in person. Amazing as Robert is very comfortable here, generous with his time. A great story teller. I will be back.
  • Amazing display of Bateman's work. The One Tree exhibit was also incredible. I had a really lovely experience.
  • The Bateman Centre is a gallery of Robert Bateman's art in an open setting which also allows for the space to be rented for gatherings or meetings. The Bateman Centre is located on the upper floor of the Steamship Terminal in Victoria's Inner Harbour. The Bateman Centre does not have a restaurant (as per another bad review of fish & chips lol) but is in the same building as a restaurant called the "Steamship Grill". Great facility, wonderful gallery.
  • Robert Bateman's artwork always involves a reaction of peace or mindfulness of the message he sent to the viewer through the masterful interpretation of the world around us. The atmosphere portrayed can either make you almost feel the damp cold air of a foggy morning, the feel of snow flakes falling on your face, or the song of a bird along the edge of a brook, and on and on and on..... It is unbelievable how he has been able to impact so many people in such a positive way through his work!
  • I have always appreciated Robert's art and the museum gives you a different perspective on his story. Some of the pieces are absolutely beautiful up close. I really enjoyed walking through and learning more about the artist!

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