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Celebrate  Nature,  Art  and  Creativity  in  Maine.

Wendell Gilley delighted in helping others find connections with nature and creativity. Our Museum sustains his legacy through vibrant art exhibitions and a wide range of hands-on creative and educational programs for all ages.


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Acadia Birding Festival returns to the Gilley for 2022!

The Gilley is pleased to sponsor the Acadia Birding Festival again in 2022, and to serve as a location for daily talks and gatherings. The festival is June 1-5 and registration opens April 2 online. Visit the festival's website at https://acadiabirdingfestival.com for more information and to register. The Acadia Birding Festival is Maine’s oldest and largest birding fest, and offers a huge slate of trips on and around Mount Desert Island, from hikes around the national park to paddling and island excursions by boat, all combined with rock-star keynote speakers.

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Opening May 31!

Reopening on Tuesday, May 31 at 10am!
The museum building has been closed to the public while our HVAC was being upgraded and our new exhibits were being installed. Come see the result of all that work — and everything we've been working on all winter long — when we reopen this month. We can't wait to see you. We first open the doors for a Season Preview on Tuesday, May 31, from 10am to noon. Then, beginning June 1, we’re open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We add Saturdays on a regular basis beginning June 23 from 10am to 4pm. At this time, we are requiring masks and limiting the number of people who can be inside the museum at any one time. Sign up to schedule your visit here: www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/visit

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Writing Workshop-Rescheduled for June 25

Rescheduled for June 25: This workshop is designed to help you unlock your creativity and leave with some works in progress, and to have some fun along the way. Get inspired by pieces from the museum's permanent collection and current exhibitions, with writer and artist Annaliese Jakimides. Her prose and poetry have been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies; broadcast on NPR and Maine Public; and included in art venues such as ArtWord at the Portland Museum of Art. She will provide some background about this type of writing ekphrastic writing plus techniques, and prompts to get you going. But ultimately you choose your path.
 

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Flute-making Workshop with Hawk Henries

Learn from a master of the Eastern Woodland Flute, Hawk Henries, and make your own flute from bamboo using only hand tools – carving knives, files, sandpaper and fire in this all day workshop on June 29. All tools and materials will be  provided. The workshop will be tailored to each participant’s level of experience, and beginners are welcome. Hawk will teach in a relaxed setting, allowing everyone to ask questions and talk about their experience as they learn the art of flute-making.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Fee: $65 per person

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News

Opening May 31!

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Our Mask Policy

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Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with us and Maine Audubon!

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Acadia Birding Festival returns to the Gilley for 2022!

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Thank you!

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Events

Writing Workshop-Rescheduled for June 25

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Flute-making Workshop with Hawk Henries

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