award ribbons


bird perched on a branch

Carving Classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Carving Classes are Back!

Learn the basics of bird carving at the Gilley! This 1.5-hour class, suitable for beginners, comes with a kit that includes a bird blank, instructions, sandpaper, and paints. Tools are available to borrow. You'll have fun and leave with something you create. Students must be at least 11 years old.

Class size limited to 4, and the cost is $35 for non-members or $28 for Museum members. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Classes begin on Tuesday, June 18, and continue throughout the summer.

Visit our Events page HERE or our Calendar page HERE to sign up.

Closed May 26-28

The Wendell Gilley Museum will be closed Sunday, May 26 through Tuesday, May 28, and will reopen on Wednesday May 29 at 10am. We will resume our usual schedule of being open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm (and some evenings as well) through Halloween, with the exception of July 4 when the Museum also will be closed.

May 21 Program Cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond the Gilley’s control, we have had to cancel Marc Fink’s program on Discovering the Wonders of Intaglio Printmaking scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, May 21. We are working to reschedule, and will announce a new date when we have one. We apologize for the inconvenience.

New Exhibit features

An exciting new exhibit debuted at the Wendell Gilley Museum May 17. Inspired Flight brings together 48 works across diverse media that highlight our complex relationship with birds as well as the varying ways in which artists have engaged with and interpreted birds throughout the history of art. This exhibition showcases some of the most important works from the unique collection of the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, including a bald eagle that is part of Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species portfolio.

CLOSING due to weather March 23

The Wendell Gilley Museum will be closing, out of an abundance of caution, on Saturday, March 23 due to the forecast for inclement weather. The Haiku Class with Kristen Lindquist has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 20, at 1pm. If you have questions, call the museum before 6pm on Friday, March 22, or email

Time change for March 9 class

There has been a time change for the All-ages Paint 'n' Sip for Saturday, March 9. Originally scheduled for 10:30am, the workshop has moved to the afternoon and will now begin at 1:30pm. Students will create a winter wonderland in watercolor with local artist Erika Rosso, using the white of their paper for the snow and learning how to reserve that space as they paint in trees, birds and sky. This class is more suited for older children and adults, ages 7 and up! Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided. 

Closed Saturday, Jan. 13

The Gilley will be closed all day on Saturday, January 13, due to a forecast of high winds, flooding from historic high seas on the coast, rain, and widespread power outages.

The Nature Bas Relief Class scheduled for that day has been rescheduled for Friday, January 19, at 10:30am. The All-Ages Paint 'n' Sip will be rescheduled for a future date.

Stay safe, and we’ll hope to see you next week!

End of Year Sale in Museum Store

It’s the holiday season and the Gilley is celebrating with a sale in the Museum Store. Beginning on Friday, Nov. 24,  and extending through Sunday, Dec. 17, everything in the store except consignment items is on sale. Non-members are eligible for 10% off while Museum Members get 20% off. The Museum is open 10am-4pm on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 16. The store will also be open on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 4pm during our annual Community Open House & Art Show.


Join the flock

Sign up to receive newsletters
about happenings around our nest.

Current newsletter

January 2020


Check out some of our past newsletters:
November 2019
October 2019 - Fall Fun
August 2019
June 2019 - People, Nature, Art and Parties
Winter 2017
Fall 2016
Summer 2016
Summer 2012
October 2011
September 2011
July 2011
May 2011

wooden bird carvings