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Wendell Gilley Museum

4 Herrick Rd, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4431
+1 207-244-7555
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A Treasure to Find

I really love birds and when I found this museum on TripAdvisor I knew we had to go. There was a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
java1994
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Austin, Texas
Fun for whole family

The display of Gilley's bird carvings is exceptional. My grandchildren love checking them out so we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Zin3
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San Anselmo
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Discover where people, art and nature meet in Maine. 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. Enjoy a casual visit, enroll in a workshop, or join our members' carving club. Discover one of the "hidden gems" of Mount Desert Island.
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“wood carvings” (4 reviews)
“on display” (4 reviews)
“life size” (3 reviews)
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4 Herrick Rd, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4431
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really love birds and when I found this museum on TripAdvisor I knew we had to go. There was a 30 minute documentary interview with Wendell Gilley which is worth watching, a table for adults and kids to make their own postcards with bird...More

Thank java1994
Sean C, Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi java1994. Thanks for coming to visit us - I'm glad you stopped by and enjoyed the art here. We've really enjoyed having the Woodcuts by Andrea Rich this year. Her work is amazing, and such a good show to have here with Wendell Gilley's...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The display of Gilley's bird carvings is exceptional. My grandchildren love checking them out so we got a family membership. The older one took a quick carving lesson and made quite a good chickadee. She can't wait to go back. There is also a side...More

Thank Zin3
Sean C, Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Zin3, Thanks for visiting, and for sharing your experience at the museum. We love to hear from folks who have taken a carving class here. We'll look forward to welcoming your grandchildren back (and maybe you?) for some more carving. They might enjoy our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is dedicated to the life and work of the famous decorative bird carver Wendell Gilley. Its exhibits of art, people and nature focus, of course, on bird carvings. "Meh", you might think, but the sheer artistry of the work on display is amazing....More

Thank czarlisle
Sean C, Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Czarlisle, So glad you made it into the museum to visit us, and glad you enjoyed the experience. As you mentioned, Wendell Gilley had an amazing talent. He also worked to help people connect with their own creativity - and that's something we try...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are not birders nor wood carvers, but this place is a joy to visit. The detail put into the carvings is amazing and made more so after taking an introductory carving lesson! The entire staff was pleasant and Steve the resident carver/teacher was so...More

Thank Roger L
Sean C, Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Roger L, Thank you for your comments. So glad you stopped in and took a carving class. Steven Valleau has been teaching carving here at the Wendell Gilley museum for over 32 years now and its always a pleasure to see people spend some...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017

A museum of bird carvings. The film was very good. Helped a lot to understand what this was all about. The carvings are nice.More

Thank 10sJohn
Sean C, Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 10sJohn, Thanks for visiting - glad you enjoyed the museum. It's a pretty special place. Glad you enjoyed the film too - it's great hearing Wendell Gilley talk about is own work and how he went about it. Looking forward to your next visit!...More

Reviewed 7 July 2017

If you love birds and love talent, then you will love this museum. Quaint museum that can be visited for an hour or for more. So many details to see. Resident carver was welcoming and full of knowledge. All staff were extremely pleasant and accommodating....More

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Sean C, Manager at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thanks for your great review Heather G. I'm glad you enjoyed the work of Wendell Gilley - an amazing talent with an incredible legacy of connecting people with nature, and their own creativity. Our resident artist, Steve Valleau, has been carving at the museum for...More

Reviewed 24 June 2017

Can see in ~15' yet worth the stop, or can linger longer. Usually there's a visiting carver actively working on his/her craft. Live video feed of osprey nest, with chicks -- that alone is worth the stop.More

Thank billwoodmd
Sean C, Manager at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, billwoodmd. Thanks for the great comments. Our carver, Steve Valleau, has been teaching carving at the Gilley now for over 32 years! We offer a range of carving classes year-round and every summer and fall, host a...More

Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

While staying in southwest harbor, we went to the Wendell Gilley Museum. The collection of bird carvings is amazing. It chronicles the carving life of Wendell Gilley. As part of the museum there is an artists studio in which carving takes place. The three men...More

Thank Jnietupski3
GilleyMuseum, Executive Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

All of us here at the Wendell Gilley Museum are delighted that you enjoyed your recent visit, Jnietupski3. We are grateful that you took the time to share your impressions on TripAdvisor. Your visit-time suggestion reminded me of a day this summer when a woman...More

Reviewed 26 August 2016

Wendell Gilley was an artist who captured the beauty of the birds he saw everyday on Mount Desert Island. His work is inspiring and beautiful. The museum and carving workshop is displayed very well. Other local bird artist works are also on display. Well worth...More

Thank mary alyce o
GilleyMuseum, Executive Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2016

Thank you for your lovely review, mary alyce o. We are gratified that you found Wendell Gilley's work inspiring and enjoyed the exhibits. Connecting people, nature and art is our mission and our passion. We offer carving workshops, year-round and invite Mount Desert Island residents...More

Reviewed 1 August 2016

Very nice if you really like birds. Carvings, demonstration area, prints and paintings. Small fee to enter and a few sculptures and panels outside as well.More

Thank Linda P
GilleyMuseum, Executive Director at Wendell Gilley Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2016

Thank you for helping to spread the word, Linda P. Your nice review is most appreciated. Check our website or Facebook page before your next visit to see what is new to to register for one of our carving classes. Yesterday a visitor came in...More

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Mjjlexi
20 April 2016|
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Response from GilleyMuseum | Property representative |
Hello, We are renovating and installing new exhibitions right now. We will reopen Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM and Sunday from Noon - 4 PM (Spring Open House and Carving Show on the... More
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