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“interesting collection and insight”

Robert Bateman Centre
Ranked #14 of 179 things to do in Victoria
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Owner description: Legendary Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman has spent a lifetime painting the natural world and animals from all over the world. Come explore seven decades of his inspiring work in our gallery, and experience nature's beautiful animals up close. Our new temporary gallery space shows an ever-changing variety of exhibits, so there is always something new to explore! At the Robert Bateman Gallery Shop you will find a selection of Robert Bateman's books, prints and gifts, along with art by local artists.
New Westminster, Canada
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6 reviews
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“interesting collection and insight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

An interesting exhibit which makes a very good effort into showcasing the artist, his experience and vision and ultimately his work. The use of interactive multi media to allow the viewer to scroll through a greater catalogue of his work is a very interesting idea, although the software does need some de-bugging, as the index was not working correctly.

The only disappointment was the number of prints that were inter mingled with original art. They felt flat in comparison, and I feel did diminish the quality of the overall exhibit.

Visited October 2013
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Nanaimo, Canada
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“Don't miss this experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Recently visited Victoria and with my son and a friend went to the Robert Bateman Centre. We all knew Batemans prints and calenders, but seeing the original paintings was incredible. They are so alive, so breathtaking and we were greatly moved by such beauty.

Visited October 2013
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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing Wildlife Artist!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were staying in Victoria just for fun at the end of our vacation. We didn't know this was the location of the Robert Bateman Centre until we started reading a local map. As avid birders and appreciators of bird and wildlife art, we were blown away with the sheer quality of Robert Bateman's art through the years. He is currently 83 years young, and his works from early childhood through last year that appear in the gallery, prove that his talent is unwavering and he hasn't lost any of his talent or ability to translate life onto canvas. We don't own any of his works, but will certainly make an effort now to procure one or two. The best part of he gallery was the multimedia presentation that allowed us to select which art work we wanted to see then it was projected larger onto the wall. This way you could enjoy many more works without them taking up precious display space. There were two of these media display projectors in the centre. In addition, there was a gallery that had bird song recordings that could be played while enjoying the same birds' art work. There were several of these art work/bird song recording in the gallery and only one was incorrect. You can also see a short film about he artist before you start your journey through the gallery. Robert Bateman could more important to bird conservation and saving the environment if more people knew more about him, and walked in his shoes for a short while.

Visited September 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful gallery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Robert Bateman is obviously a wonderful artist and quite clearly enjoys what he paints. Staff in the Gallery were courteous and extremely well informed about Robert Bateman and his pictures.

Visited September 2013
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Victoria
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“Educational enjoyment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

My 10-year grandson and I (grandmother) visited the Centre with a view to looking closely after gaining a first impression of each painting. This gave rise to his identifying birds by name, a discussion of the aboriginal custom of giving potlatches, barns and their inhabitants, wild creatures living in Canada, types of fences and vegetation... We'll have to go back to give the tropical subjects their due.

Visited October 2013
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