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Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Based on 28 traveler reviews
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.
A Beautiful Little Gem
Oct 10, 2013 by: Cedar58 from Johnstown, New York
Located right on the river in Salisbury, MD, this museum knows exactly why it exists and reflects its mission beautifully. The exhibits are carefully displayed, with plenty of room to move around the spaces. There are a variety of typs of exhibits (paintings, sculptures, etc) and visitors will absolutely find many pieces that are appealing. The decoy exhibit is fascinating, as it includes very primitive decoys right up to the most amazing current work, including winners of the annual very prestigious international competition. The gift shop opus lovely, with a nice variety of items reasonable priced. Parking is very close and no charge. The grounds are beautiful and the facility can serve to host special events such as wedding receptions and other gatherings. Persons of all ages will enjoy this museum. Make it a multi-generational visit if possible.
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