Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor

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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. The Gilley Museum 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.
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  • We visited the Wendell Gilley museum class in September 2020, as part of a trip to Acadia. On their website, we learned they were offering outdoor, distanced bird carving classes, and we signed up...  more »
  • Wonderful carvings of birds by Gilley and others, paintings. When we were there a local carver was working and you could try your had at carving.  more »
  • An interesting museum full of unique hand carved wooden birds. There is also a small section for kids to check out.
  • The $5 admission is not worth how small the museum is or how pushy the staff is
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