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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 Tueday 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.




Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday

10am to 5pm

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

August 17
Ten Days in Acadia
Book Talk and Signing

New Director to Lead the Gilley

Tribute to long-time supporter David Rockefeller Sr.

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