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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

Summer 2014 - Spring 2015


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! Harper’s colorful creations will fill the Museum’s halls this summer, beginning May 23. 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

The Hidden Works of Jay N. "Ding" Darling

January 16 – May 10, 2015

Opening Reception January 16, 4-7 pm during the Eastern Shore Conservation Showcase

Throughout his lifetime, J.N. “Ding” Darling (1876-1962) used his artistic skill, political savvy, and sharp wit to create an enduring legacy of environmental conservation. Darling won two Pulitzer Prizes for his political cartoons, served in the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey (a predecessor to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) under Franklin D. Roosevelt, designed the first federal duck stamp, began what would become the National Wildlife Federation, and kept U.S. politicians on their toes. From January 16 through May 10, 2015 visit the LaMay Gallery at the Ward Museum for an unusual look into the life and works of Ding Darling. The Hidden Works of Jay N. “Ding” Darling will feature rare artifacts that help illustrate this conservationist and modern day renaissance man’s remarkable life.

Want to learn more about the exhibit? Check out this fun video produced by Hidden Works guest curator, Sam Koltinsky! You'll get an insider's view into the making of a Ward Museum exhibit, and the impact of this fascinating figure.

J.N. "Ding" Darling

J.N. "Ding" Darling in 1904, photo courtesy of the late Christopher "Kip" Koss

The Tradition and Sport of Falconry
April 3 – July 12, 2015

Opening Reception: May 16 during the Ward Museum's Festival of Delmarvalous Traditions

Falconry, the art of hunting with birds of prey such as falcons and hawks, dates back at least 3,000 years. People throughout the world have long revered the sport as a way to successfully hunt game in the wild, and to bond with and observe these magnificent birds. In many parts of the world, falconry gained special popularity with nobility, including the Great Khans of Mongolia, the Mughals of India, and kings and queens throughout Europe. Falcons and other raptors became synonymous with nobility for centuries, and today they still hold high respect among hunters and birders alike. Visit the Welcome Gallery at the Ward Museum from April - July, 2015 for a look into the fascinating history and modern form of falconry.

Hooded Hag by Jim Dayton

Hooded hag by Jim Dayton

The Art of Sporting and Playing

May 15 - September 20, 2015

Opening Reception May 16 during the Ward Museum's Festival of Delmarvalous Traditions

The Delmarva Peninsula has been a vacation destination and playground for centuries, with tourists and locals alike drawn to its beaches, carnivals, hunting grounds, birding havens, and other attractions. The Art of Sporting and Playing celebrates those traditions, locations, and communities that make up the fun, high-spirited, and sometimes competitive side of Delmarva. From pony penning to fox hunting, carousel rides to muskrat skinning, this summertime exhibit in the Ward Museum’s LaMay Gallery will explore the art and artifacts that represent the region’s rich traditions of sport and play.

 Carousel Steed

Trimper's Carousel Steed by Jennifer MacNeill

Volunteer Art Show: Celebrating Our Creative Community

July 17 - August 23, 2015

Opening Reception: July 17, 5-7pm

Many of our volunteers at the Ward Museum are accomplished artists themselves. Visit the Welcome Gallery to view a collection of works made using a variety of media and techniques, all by the hands of our dedicated volunteers.


Ward Museum volunteer and artist Betty Pitney, photo by Grant Melville

Stepping Out in Style: A Penguin-palooza

August 28, 2015 – February 8, 2016

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

Free “hunter’s breakfast” reception October 10, 2015 10a.m. – 11a.m. during the 18th Annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

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.