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.
Summer is in full bloom and full throat in Southwest Harbor, Maine, home of the Wendell Gilley Museum; trees are full of blossoms; birds are singing and nesting. The Museum was a busy place all winter with classes, carving club, group meetings and renovations. We launched the 2016 visitor season with our Spring Open House and Carving Show on May 29th and are now open Tuesday through Saturday. See our hours and admission page for details. Duck in to see the exhibits or check out the gift shop or call ahead to sign up for a carving lesson.