The Wendell Gilley Museum is a community center that celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature and art. The Museum endeavors to inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world.
Summer is slipping away in Southwest Harbor, Maine, home of the Wendell Gilley Museum. Birds are getting restless and preparing to migrate. Fledglngs beg their parents for final feedings before trying to make it on their own. Families with school-age children stop into the Museum to bid us farewell for the year as fall travelers arrive and year-round residents reappear at our door. Hours through September are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm, and on Sunday from noon - 4 pm, with last new entry to the galleries at 3:30 pm. We are closed every Monday. Our galleries are alive with art, including the wondeful work of Ashley Bryan in our current exhibition, A Visit With Ashley Bryan. Come see what's happening in the workshop and remember to scope out the Museum Store for New England bird carvings, carving supplies and avian-themed books and gifts.