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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

Museum Hours

Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Changing Exhibits


Charley Harper's Bird Extravaganza


Charley Harper’s highly stylized wildlife prints, posters, and book illustrations have captivated generations of viewers. Readers and art enthusiasts may know his work from The Giant Golden Book of Biology, Ford Times, or any of the over 50 ecological and conservation posters he created for non-profit conservation groups, nature centers, zoos, U.S. national parks and monuments, and international wildlife sanctuaries and biosphere reserves.

The Ward Museum is excited to display a large collection of Charley Harper prints as part of Charley Harper’s Bird Extravaganza! In addition to the indoor exhibit, the Extravaganza continues outside as well. Get up close and personal with nature as you search for Harper’s birds and their real-life counterparts in a bird-themed scavenger hunt. The hunt takes place on the Norman and Judy Glenn and Eugene Burkett Nature Trails alongside the Ward Museum. This whimsical exhibit is sure to be fun for the whole family.


Charley Harper

Cardinal with Seed by Charlie Harper

Stepping Out in Style: A Penguin-palooza

August 28, 2015 – February 14, 2016

Opening reception: August 28, 5-7pm

We’ll soon celebrate all things penguin, and why not? Over the years our tuxedoed friends have captured the imaginations of everyone from explorers and scientists to cartoonists and filmmakers. Even early decoy carvers, such as Charles Hart, were drawn to these birds’ unique form and character. Be sure to visit the Welcome Gallery this fall and winter, where we will feature an array of historical and contemporary art and information on the many varieties of penguin.

Charles Hart Emperor Penguins. Photo courtesy of Austin T. Miller American Antiques Inc., Columbus, OH

The Waterfowling Heritage of Assateague Island

October 2, 2015 – February 28, 2016

For centuries hunters, trappers, and waterfowl enthusiasts have been drawn to the natural beauty and abundance of Assateague Island, a barrier island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia, along the Atlantic Flyway. In the early 20th century the island hosted several gunning clubs, hunting lodges, and visiting sportsmen making the most of the locale. This fall—during the 50th anniversary year of the Assateague Island National Seashore—the Ward Museum’s LaMay gallery will feature a look at Assateague’s gunning clubs, decoy makers, trappers, and hunters—as well as the beautiful natural environment that makes this island’s place in the world of waterfowling unique.

Be sure to join us February 11, 2016, from 4-6pm for For the Love of Assateague: A Roundtable Remembering the Waterfowling Heritage of Assateague Island.

Learn about the hunting clubs and lodges, carvers, and traditions of the island from those who once called it home. This is a FREE event; light refreshments will be served.

 Duck Blind with Assateague in Background

Duck blind near Assateague Island. Photo courtesy of Ricks E & Diane Scott Savage

The Student Art Show: Water is for Everyone

February 19 - March 27, 2016

Opening Reception February 19, 5-7 p.m.

Each spring the Ward Museum hosts an annual, non-competitive student art show in its Welcome Gallery. In preparation for this event, students in kindergarten through 12th grade all around the region are welcome to create and submit artwork relevant to a chosen theme. This spring the theme is “Water is For Everyone.” Water is important to every individual, and the supply and purity of water is vital on a global—and local—scale. '

Call 410-742-4988 x104 for more information on submitting your students’ art, or download information and guidelines here.


 Student Art Participatint 2015

Larry Barth: Birds, Art & Design
March 11 – August 21, 2016
Opening Reception: March 11, 5-7:00 p.m.

Over the past several decades wildfowl artists have dramatically extended the creative ways that they represent birds and their habitats. At the forefront of these changes, influencing the trajectory of the art form itself, is 16-time Best in World winner Larry Barth.

The Ward Museum is excited to showcase many of Barth’s finest works of art in a new exhibit in the LaMay Gallery this spring. This will be a unique opportunity to see the progression of Barth’s work, as well as to gain meaningful insight into the artist’s mind. Through Barth’s work as well as stories and information from the artist, visitors will experience the world of a true master. Join us for a free opening reception to be held on March 11 from 5-7:00 pm. Additional opportunities to meet the artist and engage with the exhibit will be presented during the 2016 Ward World Championship.

Larry Barth Killdeer

2009 Best in World - Decorative Life-size Wildfowl (Killdeer) by Larry Barth

Sumi-e Painting: The Art of Less

April 1 - June 5, 2016

Opening Reception: April 1, 5-7 p.m.

Sumi-e refers to brushed ink that captures the spirit of poetry or the natural world with minimal strokes and color. This ancient art form has ties to a range of communities and cultural practices, and the sumi-e form emphasizes the beauty of individual brush strokes often made by hand-made brushes on specialized paper. The result provides a strong sense of connection to the artist’s subject. Visit the Welcome Gallery this spring to experience the simple, touching beauty of this ancient form as practiced by modern artists, including many right here on the Eastern Shore.


Peace Bird by Karine

"Peace Bird" by Karine

Living Landscapes: The Photography of Cam Miller

June 10 - September 11, 2016

Cam Miller takes viewers on a visual journey through the many landscapes and communities of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and beyond through her award-winning photography. This 2015 Art in Nature Photo Festival Grand Campion will fill the Welcome Gallery with scenes featuring the diverse people, structures, natural formations, and events she has encountered through her years as a professional photographer and photography educator.


Keyhole Rock by Cam Miller

2015 Art in Nature Photo Festival Grand Champion: "Keyhole Rock," by Cam Miller