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.
Winter is in full retreat from Southwest Harbor, Maine, home of the Wendell Gilley Museum; herons, Ospreys, warblers and other birds have returned from their southerly migrations. Birdsong and frog choruses fill the air once again. The Museum has been a busy place all winter with classes, carving club, group meetings and renovations. 2016 regular hours will resume on Memorial Day Weekend. See our hours and admission page for details and save the date for the Spring Open House and Carving Show on Sunday, May 29th from noon - 4 pm.