FAQS

Open Daily.
Museum & Store: 10AM to 6PM
Bistro: 10AM to 3PM

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Museum closes early at 2PM on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Our hours are listed here.

The Museum is located on the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305 on Bainbridge Island, just a few steps from the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry terminal. The Museum’s street address is:

550 Winslow Way E.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

You can find directions to BIMA here.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is an educational institution whose mission is to engage a diverse population in the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound Region.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will serve as a cultural campus with daily activities focused on the arts:

  • Promoting and preserving the finest examples of local and regional contemporary art and craft;
  • Presenting a regular rotation of borrowed artworks and exhibitions;
  • Creating educational opportunities for all ages and skill levels;
  • Collaborating with regional community groups, local art galleries, other museums, and cultural groups in Kitsap County, the Olympic Peninsula, and the greater Puget Sound.

Find out more about BIMA here.

Our unique focus is on artists from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas and Puget Sound region, as well as special collections that exist in our region. BIMA puts the emphasis on the diverse and lesser-known artists of the region, exhibiting a wide variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, book art, photography, sculpture, metal, wood, ceramic, glass, fiber art, jewelry, and furniture.

BIMA has free admission for all thanks to our generous donors and members like you. There may be a ticket charge for special events hosted at the Museum. All special event pricing will be listed on the specific event on our calendar page.

The Island Gateway development, in which the Museum is located, offers BIMA designated spots in the upper lot and underground garage as well as general parking in surrounding areas. Seattle guests can easily walk from the ferry.

The Museum is accessible on both floors with elevators and ramps that accommodate strollers and wheelchairs. Two wheelchairs and a cane are available to guests at the reception desk.

Service animals are allowed in BIMA and must be clearly identified as such.

Yes, non-flash photography is allowed. The use of selfie sticks and tripods is not allowed.

Yes, call 206.451.4011 to reserve a table ahead of time.

BIMA does not permit food or drink in the museum, except that which is served in the Bistro.

Guests will be asked to store suitcases, backpacks, and other large items in our entry closet free of charge. Our volunteer docents at the reception desk will assist you with this.

Please call 206.842.4451 and we can assist you.

Yes, BIMA promotes art education for people of all ages, interests, abilities, and skill levels. 

Our Education Department leads field trips for students throughout the region during the school day, offers various hands-on art projects, hosts after-school art clubs, and provides a variety of art camps for various ages during school breaks throughout the year. 

BIMA also hosts adult art classes periodically, as well as regular special artist presentations and lectures typically associated with current exhibits. 

Find out more about BIMA’s education programs here.

Yes, BIMA’s Education Department hosts over 130 field trips per year. Field trips further the Museum’s mission of making art accessible to all, offering quality exposure to and education about art for students and educators from around the Puget Sound region.

Find out more about BIMA’s field trip program here.

Yes, BIMA’s volunteer docents can provide guided tours of the Museum. Please contact 206.842.4451 to discuss scheduling a tour prior to your arrival.

Yes, BIMA offers its auditorium and other spaces in the building for rentals of all shapes and sizes, ranging from lectures and films in our auditorium to weddings and birthday parties in our galleries and Bistro.

Find out more about planning your next event at BIMA here.

BIMA welcomes volunteers in a variety of positions throughout the Museum, whether it’s interacting with the public as a docent at our front desk or assisting with administrative tasks in our offices, helping to install the next exhibitions or supporting our event staff at the Museum’s annual events. Find out more about volunteer opportunities here.

BIMA is always looking for excited, passionate individuals to join the team. Find out about our current employment opportunities here.

Artists may submit work for consideration in upcoming exhibitions by contacting Greg Robinson, Chief Curator, at greg@biartmuseum.org or calling 206.451.4001.

There are many ways to support BIMA, including volunteering your time, making a donation, or joining the Museum as a member. If you are interested in further information about how you can best support the museum, please contact our Development Department at peter@biartmuseum.org or 206.451.4007.

Environmental sustainability is essential to BIMA’s role in the Northwest community! The Museum’s building is designed to meet several key environmental and energy efficiency goals. We were the first art museum in Washington State to be awarded LEED Gold status and one of only a few museums nationwide to receive the Gold designation.                                    

Sustainability highlights of the Museum include:

  • Solar orientation of the building and sun louvers.
  • Geothermal energy (with 14 “wells” drilled up to 400 feet underground) to regulate the temperature.
  • Solar energy panels (photovoltaic panels on the roof.)
  • Recycled materials including denim insulation provided through a grant from Levi Strauss, and carpeting with high levels of recycled materials.
  • Green label certified carpets, paints, and glues (low volatile organic compounds.)
  • Sustainable and rapidly renewable building materials, including Forest Stewardship Council wood on bamboo stage, oak wood floors, and all of the cabinets.
  • Water reduction measures including efficient bathroom fixtures.
  • Lighting efficiency measures (LED and compact fluorescents.)