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Get involved

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Members, volunteers and donors make possible everything the Museum does, and are actively involved in all aspects of the Museum’s life. We are intentional in our work to provide unique opportunities to connect people, nature and art. 

  • - Carving classes and other hands-on creative programs for our community and local schools

  • - Exhibitions and programs making top-notch art accessible to the public and schools

  • - Showcases of creative work by local artists, students and members,

  • - Programs focuing on birds, nature and the environment

Your support has impact and goes directly to all of these activities, and more. Join our work by becoming a member, making a contribution, leading a tour, supporting an exhibition, or volunteering to help with one of our many projects. The Wendell Gilley Museum invites you to become involved and looks forward to your active participation.

Become a member

As a member of the Wendell Gilley Museum, you help to fund creative and inspiring exhibitions, educational programs, and outreach activities. The Museum, a non-profit organization, relies on dues and contributions for support. And we rely on our members' participation in the museum's life to create the very special personality that characterizes the Wendell Gilley Museum. Join us to connect people, nature, and art and help us continue Gilley's legacy. To become a member, visit our membership page HERE.


Business membership

The Wendell Gilley Museum invites business owners to sponsor specific events, programs and exhibitions. You can help the Museum to soar, and reap the regard of the community for investing in a valued institution, along with other benefits. For more information, contact Director of Development Jean Ellis at (207) 244-7555 or .


Volunteers are an integral part of the Wendell Gilley Museum. Our volunteers’ service is invaluable to making the Museum function smoothly, and to helping spread awareness of what the Museum has to offer. Volunteers work on a number of projects, from helping with carving classes and other creative programs to giving special tours to specific projects. A current exciting project is helping the Gilley to finish a complete catalog of its entire collection. 


For more information about volunteer opportunities: (207) 244-7555 or


Thank you for considering a donation to the Wendell Gilley Museum. Your financial contribution can make a big difference. By investing in the Museum, you will join many donors who are a part of preserving the work of Maine artist Wendell Gilley, creating a world-class home for art, and supporting educational programs for children and adults.


The Wendell Gilley Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax-deductible, within the limits provided by law.

You can make a donation online here: Donate page

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