Andy & Blake tie the knot at BIMA.

Plan an Event

Memorable events happen at BIMA

Modern ambiance awaits your guests in BIMA’s versatile venue. Influenced by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, BIMA’s light-filled galleries offer award-winning architecture and artistic flair.

Just a short (and awe-inspiring) trip from Seattle, and easily accessible from the Kitsap Peninsula, BIMA is the perfect location for any occasion.

No matter the size or type of event—whether an intimate rehearsal dinner, an inspiring wedding, stimulating conference, or rollicking office party—we have the right space and event plan for you!  

Questions? Contact Sade’Monique James at sade@biartmuseum.org.

“Northwest Designer Craftsmen really appreciated being at BIMA for our Annual Board Retreat. Thank you for taking such good care of us: for greeting us, having equipment available, for reserving a lunch table. We had a wonderful lunch at your Bistro. We had a very productive meeting, we loved looking at the art and meeting Chief Curator Greg Robinson.”

– Lois Harbaugh, President of Northwest Designer Craftsmen

Our event spaces

Galleries

Light-filled open rooms, beautiful blonde wood floors and art-filled walls create instant ambiance. The two floors — each with their own unique feel and exhibitions and connected by a signature curving staircase — are available to be reserved separately or together.

  • Floor One Capacity: 250
  • Floor Two Capacity: 250
  • Total Square Footage: 7,727 sq ft
  • An elevator is available for guests to access the second floor
  • Hours: After 6pm

Auditorium

The Frank Buxton Auditorium at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Photo by Keith Brofsky.

Boasting outstanding acoustics and a state-of-the-art projection system, BIMA’s Auditorium is perfect for films, performances, presentations, and ceremonies. Comfortable, elegant and intimate, the Auditorium creates an engaging and captivating vibe.

  • Capacity: 68 fixed theater seats, flex seating for up to 100
  • Square Footage: 1,351 sq ft
  • Stage Dimensions: 6 ft deep x 20 ft wide (add 6 ft stage depth with outside stage rental)
  • Yamaha AvantGrand N3 hybrid piano
  • 2 sound reinforcement packages to fit the needs of your group
  • Hours: Based on availability

Sherry Grover Gallery

This artistic and intimate space is perfect for sit-down meetings and small gatherings. Guests will enjoy an up-close experience with one of the world’s most extensive collections of artist books.

  • Capacity: 14 (seated)
  • Square Footage: 469 sq ft
  • Hours: Mornings before 10 am or after 6pm
The Sherry Grover Gallery at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Photo by Keith Brofsky.

BIMA Bistro

A view into the John Kenyon Ellis BIMA Bistro. Photo by Keith Brofsky.

The BIMA Bistro is a favorite spot for delicious breakfasts and lunches highlighting the best in local ingredients. The intimate space is great for private meals, rehearsal dinners and smaller receptions and, in warmer temperatures, opens onto the plaza.

  • Capacity:
    • Indoor: 40 (seated meal), 50 (stand-up receptions with no seating)
    • Indoor and outdoor: 80 (seated meal), 100 (stand-up receptions with no seating)
  • Square Footage: 789 sq ft indoor
  • Hours: Available after 5pm

Classroom

Our versatile and dividable classroom space is ideal for workshops and meetings that need a private environment. The space is outfitted with projector, drop-down screen, and conference call capabilities. Catering available through the BIMA Bistro.

  • Capacity (depending on the configuration): 32 – 48
  • Square Footage: 611 – 966 sq ft
  • Hours: Based on availability
  • Ask about additional break-out space
The Classroom at BIMA, dividable into 2 separate meeting spaces.

Working with BIMA

When choosing BIMA to host your event, you are selecting an experience your guests will long remember. We work with you to create one-of-a-kind events in perfect alignment with your needs.

CATERING

For more intimate events, catering can be provided by the BIMA Bistro. For larger events, BIMA will provide a list of exceptional local catering partners that understand the Museum’s spaces.

DÉCOR

The natural aesthetics of BIMA are stylish, polished and versatile. BIMA will work with you on the details — from ordering specialty linens to coordinating floral arrangements — to give your event the perfect personal touch.

AUDIO VISUAL & EVENT PRODUCTION

BIMA has the technical flexibility to accommodate many types of events — from a film premiere in our auditorium to a jazzy concert in our galleries. You can utilize BIMA’s inventory of equipment, or BIMA will help you coordinate a third party to assist with your event’s needs.

Download the Rental Rate Sheet

Event Rental FAQs

What do I need to do in order to secure the space?

  • A deposit is required to secure your date at BIMA.
  • 100% of rental fees are to be paid at the time of Agreement.

 

What if I need to cancel my event?

  • 100% is refundable at 90+ days prior to the event.
  • 50% is refundable at 89-60 days prior to the event.
  • No refund available at less than 60 days prior to the event.

 

Is there on-site parking?

BIMA’s complex, Island Gateway, offers designated spots for BIMA visitors in the upper lot and underground garage, as well as general parking in surrounding areas. For guests arriving from Seattle, it’s a quick walk from the ferry terminal.

 

Is dancing allowed?

Dancing is not allowed in the galleries due to the proximity to fragile art pieces. However, to avoid being too much of a Footloose Debbie-downer, dancing is allowed in the Bistro and on the plaza.

 

Can I use an outside caterer?

Catering is only allowed through the BIMA Bistro or by one of its approved caterers. Any of the selections will make your mouth water!

 

Are there any restrictions on decor?

Part of the beauty of hosting an event at an art museum is most of the decorations are taken care of before you even set foot in the door. However, BIMA understands that you may want to add some additional flair to your event. Please note, however, BIMA does not allow: balloons, tall candles, floral arrangements from non-certified sources, tape or tacks on the wall, or anything that could harm the building or art.

 

Can I hang artwork in the Museum as part of my event?

BIMA has a selection of easels and tables that can be used to temporarily display non-Museum art.

 

My event is open to the public. Will BIMA help promote it?

BIMA does not promote rental events. For a fee of $40, BIMA will add your event to the Museum’s online calendar so visitors can access your event information directly. Please allow one week for posting.

 

Can I bring my own alcohol?

It is possible to bring outside alcohol. You will be required to obtain your own permits, ice, glassware, and pay a corkage fee. BIMA can still provide bartending services.

 

Can I bring my own cake?

Yes, but it must be prepared by a kitchen that has been certified by the Washington State Health Department.

 

What are BIMA’s rental rates?

Download the Rental Rate Sheet