Wendell Gilley Museum Southwest Harbor

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Wendell Gilley Museum
4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor
Tel: 207 244 7555

Where are we going today?

Opened in 1981, the 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.

Come wander the grounds, view the carved panels adorning the museum building, and listen to the newly installed Kingfisher fountain. This summer the Museum presents a different twist on bird carving.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • Children$2
  • Free Under: 5 years.

When can we go?

January through April 1pm to 4pm, rest of year 10am to 4pm but closed Sunday Monday June through Oct

Teachers corner

Teachers and youth group leaders are welcome to schedule art and natural history programs year-round..

Any Top Tips?

If you are interested in learning to carve, you can sign up for a lesson or a lifetime; short and long workshops are offered. .

Need a little extra help?

The Museum’s side entrance provides easy access for wheelchair users. All public facilities, including restrooms, are on the ground floor and are barrier-free. There is a wheelchair available at the front desk for visitor use..

Can I get one of those?

Visit the Museum store for gifts, tools, toys and more..

What people are saying?

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    Interesting! If your a bird buff this is an unexpected lovely site to visit. The wood carving artist is always there working at his bench and many displays of wood carved birds & foul local to the region. $10 entry fee.

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