Rental Rates
Function Time Rate
Evening 5pm–12am $250/hr *
Morning 6am-9:30am $350
Mid-day / Roost 10am-5pm $50/ hr or $75/ hr outside of operating hours

*minimum two hour rental


The capacity of the venue will depend on set-up requirements. General guidelines are as follows:

Stand-up Reception 100 people maximum
Theatre Style 75 people maximum
 Dinner 60 people maximum
Roost Rental 10 people maximum


  • Fee includes gallery admission for all guests.
  • Please note that the earliest set-up can begin is 4:30pm


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The Location

The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature (formerly the Robert Bateman Centre) is located in the historic Steamship Terminal; a landmark building constructed in 1924 on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. The Gallery is across the street from the BC Parliament Buildings and within walking distance of Victoria’s downtown core. The space is made up of one central gallery (61’ x 17’) with eight smaller adjoining galleries.


The Gallery of Nature works to meet your food and beverage needs with a range of local caterers. Here are our list of pre-approved personal favourites.


All venue rentals require an Event Assistant; a Bateman Foundation staff member to be on site for the duration of your rental to supervise set-up and take-down.

The Gallery of Nature has some furniture and accessories at your disposal during your rental. Catering and/or dining items such as linens and glasses must be rented through local suppliers – we would be pleased to provide you with a list of supplies that are included with your rental fee, or a list of local rental companies.

Liquor License

Your chosen caterer can coordinate a liquor license on your behalf and provide full bar service for your event. Individuals who wish to bring their own liquor will need to obtain approval from the Bateman Foundation. Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of your event. Individuals who are granted permission will need to obtain a Special Event Permit (SEP).

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Gallery available for rental?

  • Morning functions between 6:00 am – 9:30 am.
  • Evening functions between 5:00 pm – 12:00 am.
  • Mid-day functions (or Roost rentals) between 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

How much does it cost to rent the gallery?

  • For morning functions the gallery rents for $350 flat rate between 6 am – 9:30 am.
  • For evening functions the gallery rents for $250/hr with a minimum of 2hrs.
  • The Roost, our library and lounge, can be rented during regular operating hours (10 am-5 pm) for $50/hr, or outside of operating hours for $75/hr.

All rental fees include an Event Assistant required to be onsite during your event.

How much is required for deposit?
The gallery requires 25% of the final cost for all rentals. To reserve a date please use our online booking system, or contact the Gallery Manager at

Is there a penalty to cancel a rental?
A rental may only be cancelled by notice in writing to the Bateman Foundation.
Where written notice of cancellation is received:

  • a cancellation fee of 25% will be levied for rentals cancelled more than two weeks to the function date;
  • less than one weeks but more than 24 hours prior to the function, the cancellation fee is 50% of the fee;
  • less than 24 hours before the function, the cancellation fee is equal to the fees and no refund will be given.

May I serve liquor during my rental?
The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature (formerly The Robert Bateman Centre) is not licensed for the sale or service of liquor. It is the renters responsibility to obtain a Special Event Permit (SEP), which is available online through the BC Liquor Control Branch. The SEP must be presented to the Bateman Foundation one week prior to the Function. Your caterer can also serve liquor on the your behalf through their transportable catering license. In this case you are not required to apply for a SEP.

Does the Rental Fee include catering?

Fees do not include food, beverage, linens, glasses, cutlery, servers, music or equipment rentals. Catering, including food, bar service, tables, linens, cutlery, china and glasses, decor, music, and waste removal are the renters responsibility and the caterers. All items must be removed from the gallery immediately following the function.

Is the Gallery accessible for wheelchairs?
Yes, a drop-off zone exists on Belleville Street directly in front of our West Entrance. From there the gallery can be accessed by the elevator.

Is parking available?
Yes, there is plenty of 1.5 hour street parking available on Belleville Street and after 6:00 pm street parking is free.

Is photography allowed?
Yes, however without flash photography.

Please download the Bateman Foundation’s Rental Agreement for full details.