Event Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

The Island Gateway development 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.

As an art museum, we cannot allow dancing in the galleries near the art. However, BIMA can accommodate dancing with the addition of a rented tent (including dance floor and decorative lighting) on the plaza.

BIMA prefers to use our catering partner Simply Bainbridge for its events. Outside caterers are allowed, but require an additional fee.

We want your event to look just the way you want, however BIMA does not allow balloons, tall candles (ask for guidelines), floral arrangement from non-certified sources, or anything that could harm the building or art.

BIMA has a selection of easels and tables that can be used to display outside art.

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

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.

Yes, but it must have been prepared by a kitchen that has been certified by the Washington State Health Department. There is a cake-cutting fee of $45.