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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.

We are open Tuesday through Saturdays late May through October; our winter hours are generally Friday and Saturdays. School and community groups are welcome to arrange programs and tours. Family activities, members’ carving club, and carving classes are scheduled through the year.

A special exhibition, An Abundance of Riches, woodblock prints by Andrea Rich, is open July through October 21.

detail of Andrea Riches' woodcut Thistles


special events and giving opportunities

Thank you to all who came to our annual Flight of Swallows, a delightful evening for tasting a carefully curated selection of wines, enjoying delicious food and wine pairings, and supporting the Wendell Gilley Museum. With live jazz music, carving demonstration, and a field guide to the wines, this celebratory and educational evening is an exceptional way to have fun with the flock. The event is held at the lovely Neighborhood House, 1 Kimball Road in Northeast Harbor. Mark your calendars for August 2, 2018 to join us next summer!


This summer we hosted a party to honor the museum's founding director, Nina Gormley, as she enters retirement. A fund to support exhibition programming in perpetuity has been set up for those who wish to honor Nina's years of dedication and commitment to the Gilley Museum.




July 1 through October 21
An Abundance of Riches
Exhibit of woodblock prints

October 7

9-week carving class begins

Saturdays, 1 to 4pm

October 10
Southwest Harbor Week events
Director's Tour at 11am


Crafts Night: Birds, Blocks, and Beer at 5:30pm

October 15

Visit our table at the Finish Line Festival Village Green Way in Southwest Harbor.

Family Art and Nature Programs

third Saturdays, 10-11:30am
October 21: Owl-oween
November 18: Patterns
December 16: Felt Birds

November 3
Member's Carving Club begins
1 to 4 pm

November 5

Red-bellied Woodpecker Ornament Carving Workshop

10am to 4pm

New Director to Lead the Gilley

Tribute to long-time supporter David Rockefeller Sr.

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