Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace

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  • I may be biased - my father and brother built the museum building. The museum is based on the work of Madison Mitchell, a carver of working waterfowl decoys - but also includes the work of many other ...  more »
  • I happened upon this local museum, and it was well worth the trip. It was interesting to learn about the history of decoy carving in the region.  more »
  • This really is DECOY heaven!!! We happened to be there when a carver was in the museum. It was fun to talk to him. He explained a lot of things to us. Nice little gift shop when you are finished.  more »
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  • This place was far superior to what I had hoped for. I love the whole folk art aspect of decoys and this concentrated on that. The lineage of the great carvers. We had seen the work of some local carvers in Chincoteague last year and it brought back all of the fond memories of my embarkation on the journey of the lore. From the early American Native reed decoys through to the current carvers still alive locally, you will find your fill. The layout of the exhibits is itself such a work of art. It is nice to see a museum so well thought out and designed. The staff members were very helpful and friendly. The photographs and the recordings of the local population of carvers is just plain refreshing. The older I get, the more I realize that any good understanding of art comes from understanding artists. This place gets it. You should really stop and see these exquisite forms of folk-art if you are in Havre De Grace. This activity is cheap, too.
  • Very well done! The presentation, artifacts and storyline do a great job of educating in an interesting way. The subject matter isn't necessarily interesting for everyone visiting in a group, but there are nice views for anyone choosing to wait outside.
  • Very interesting. Beautiful views and lots of history
  • The collection at the decoy museum illustrates the boom years of the decoy capital of the world from several perspectives. First floor exhibits describe life on the Susquehanna, with displays of boat parts, nautical rope work and a short film. Most notable is an exhibit on hunting practices in which patrons walk along an indoor pier past collections of guns and reproduced blinds. The second floor exhibit focusses on Havre de Grace's most celebrated decoy makers and their work. Wax figures of the artisans in reproductions of their workshops accompany definitive collections of their decoys. Also featured are recorded interviews with some of the makers. The decoy museum delivers on its promise and is an essential stop for decoy enthusiasts. For the uninitiated the decoy museum offers a thoroughly detailed look into a world they may not have known existed. With its sometimes wooden presentation (get it?), the museum is steeped in field trip nostalgia for adults, but may leave small children bored. Highly recommended nonetheless! Tickets are $5.
  • The staff was pleasant. The number of DeVos was a bit mindboggling.

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