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“Simplicity at its Best!”

Wendell Gilley Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 August 2012

While this museum is small, it is nicely appointed and quaint. The exhibits are stunning and quite detailed. For anyone who loves nature or birds, this is a must. After walking through about 12 museums and botanical gardens over the course of a three week vacation, I found this to be a gem and quite refreshing. A nice stop while you are in the area. Allow about an hour, which includes a video of Mr. Gilley talking about his bird carving. The video is older now, but the conversation is dear. Also, take time to talk to the carver-in-residence, Steven. He is one-of-a-kind, almost literally. (The entrance fee is $5.)

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