The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria

(4.2/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
At The 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 The Robert Bateman Centre and many more Victoria attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Victoria itinerary maker.
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  • more than birds! The gallery includes a much broader presentation of Batemen's work than the usual bird images. Mixture of oil. acrylic and prints 
  • Love coming here to see the artwork. Robert Bateman is an excellent artists. All of his paintings are breathtaking. Great place to visit if you like art. 
  • Give yourself at least an hour or more to tour the fabulous display of Bateman art from his early days onwards. The bird section is particularly interesting with a button to press for the bird calls o...  more »
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  • I was first introduced to Robert Batman when I was a teenager in the 80's so the first thing I did when in Victoria was visit the Center. Lucky for me Mr. Bateman was there and I had a wonderful visit and he was grateful enough to sign a print for me that I purchased. Momentum Siberian Tiger AP 63/150 this is a treasure to me.
  • The food was quite good. The pasta was beautifully presented and had a little bit of spice to just keep it interesting and not overbearing. I was impressed at the thought put into the patio dining which overlooks the harbor as each seat has a fleece blanket for the lap (or shoulders) and a patio warmer from above. The staff was very friendly and quite helpful at making sure we were out in time to catch the ferry back to Port Angeles. My son liked the grilled cheese sandwich; however, given the thickness of the bread used, I wouldn't recommend the grilled cheese sandwich for toddlers. This restaurant shares the same building as a Starbucks and an art gallery. It is right next door to the Blackball Ferryline to Port Angeles, WA.
  • Bateman's artwork is outstanding and there are often interesting and timely speakers on various nature-related topics.
  • The restaurant on the main floor is nice looking and has a lovely patio but the food was not worth it. The batter on the fish and complimentary calamari was awful. Too thick and tasted strongly of old frier grease, completely over powered the taste of the meat inside. Would not eat here again. On the plus side this build has one of the few public washrooms around and (though i didn't tour the gallery but i do own some of his work) an art gallery of an incredible artist.
  • My first experience of this gallery was on a first date in the Fall. Bateman's work has the ability to pull you into the magic of nature and the stillness of peace, it is a kind of meditation to experience in person. I found the video a sincere and intimate account of Bateman's purpose to connect people with nature and actually watched it a couple times in a row. Great gallery for the artist and naturalist alike. 45 minutes is a good average time for the curious.