Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor

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  • I grew up going on vacation for a week each summer to Southwest Harbor with my parents and family. While I haven't made it every year as an adult, my folks have, and I've tried to make it up for a few...  more »
  • We had read about this museum in one of our guides and as we were close we made the effort to visit. The animal and bird carvings are superb and if the resident carver is there you can watch him at wo...  more »
  • 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 kid...  more »
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  • This is a gem of a museum on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. The staff is so friendly and they offer unique kids programs as well as fantastic woodcarving workshops!
  • Really cool bird carvings and carved wood prints. Worth the $5 if you like that kind of stuff.
  • Beautiful carvings of local birds. Small museum but worth the stop. They also have classes in bird carving.
  • We visited Southwest Harbor last week and stopped in at the Wendell Gilley Museum. Our visit there was one of the highlights of our Maine trip. Gilley's evolution from plumber/hunter to artist is a great story. His woodcarvings of Maine birds are astonishing. The artist in our family had a great time carving a duck in basswood with the resident artists. He left with a new enthusiasm for wood carving.
  • Interesting! If your a bird buff this is an unexpected lovely site to visit. The wood carving artist is always there working at his bench and many displays of wood carved birds & foul local to the region. $10 entry fee.
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