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Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Based on 29 traveler reviews
Mar 29, 2014 by: bsingh1029 from New York City, New York
A small museum, but a gem. It has the most extensive collection I have seen of duck decoys. Viewing them one realizes not only the tight relationship between the useful and the artistic, but also something about the waterways of the Delmarva peninsula and the lives of the people who have called that region home. The building and layout of the museum, its exquisite displays, and its highly imaginative use of space are a work of art in themselves. If you happen to be in Salisbury, MD, and have an hour or two to spare, you should put this museum on your must-do list.
Dec 29, 2013 by: CSSnowshoer from New York City, New York
I have driven by the sign for this museum on the way to Ocean City hundreds of times. But finally someone clued me in about it. I am so glad. Its wonderful on a lot of levels. First it is about decoys. And not just decoys- they have examples from all over the country. I imagine scholars writing dissertations about decoys coming here. For people who just enjoy birds, especially the ones local to the Eastern shore, its a great place to see examples stay still long enough to study but are not dead nor have been. For people who like art or crafts, the examples here are breathtaking. There is of course, an exhibit about the Ward brothers. Plan to spend at least an hour. We were here two, and even skipped the special taxidermy exhibit (gross.) The gift shop has fine carving examples for sale at very affordable prices. And don't miss- in the back is a dolls house with a miniature woodcarving studio in it. I can see stopping here at least once a year, and will try to get to one of the event weekends to see the carvers in action. No food on site that I saw. Plenty of parking.
A Must See!
Dec 19, 2013 by: sgwork from Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
This is a wonderful museum that showcases the art of decoy carving. They have a gallery dedicated to world champions and the displays are not only amazingly beautiful but some you can't even figure out how they mounted! If you're ever in Salisbury, MD you really should visit this museum!
For the Birds
Nov 26, 2013 by: sbjack from salisbury
Provides an interesting look at the Eastern Shore and how the water fowl has impacted the area. Great Carvings by the Ward Bros. and more. Nice way to spend the day
Birds at their Best
Nov 25, 2013 by: sdwilsonpa from Salisbury, Maryland
If you like birds, art, and/or wood carving you cannot miss this exhibit. It is truly remarkable art! They have special exhibits along with their ongoing national winner carvings. The detail and portrayal is really amazing. I guarantee you would want to have one of these pieces in your home - if you could afford it.
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