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.
Autumn is in the air in Southwest Harbor, Maine, home of the Wendell Gilley Museum. Migrating birds stop by to gorge on berries, squirrels and chipmunks raid birdseed for their winter food cache and deer wander through yards to "help" clean-up gardens and pick up apples. We have been welcoming school groups and fall travelers along with re-appearing year-round residents. Our hours through October 11th 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 and will be closed Sundays as well after the 11th. Our galleries are alive with art, including the wonderful 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.