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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


Retrievers:  The Hunter's Best Friend
Through January 14, 2018
Opening Reception September 25,
5-7 pm

The Retriever in its many breeds—Golden, Labrador, Chesapeake, Flat Coated, and more—have been the hunter’s companion performing essential tasks in the field for hundreds of years. This connection between dog and outdoorsman has been depicted in sporting art, recorded in literature, and prized at canine competitions.  This Welcome Gallery exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Golden Retriever Club of America’s National Specialty held in Salisbury, MD September 2017.




Bottoms Up: The Underside of Decoys
Through - January 21, 2018
Opening Reception October 14, 2017 at 10 am, in conjunction with the Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

This LaMay Gallery exhibit showcases the variety of ways in which decoy makers and users have marked their decoys. From the brands of successive owners and gunning clubs to the poems and inscriptions of their makers, the ways in which the undersides of decoys have been marked demonstrate the historical lineage and patterns of use of the decoy as both a hunting tool and an art form.




Poetic Landscapes: The Student Art Show
January 19, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Opening Reception TBD

Every year the Ward Museum hosts a non-competitive student art show in the Welcome Gallery. The Ward Museum invites K-12 students from Delmarva to submit their artwork, based on a particular theme, to the annual Student Art Show. This year’s theme is “Poetic Landscapes,” in conjunction with the LaMay Gallery exhibit, “Delmarva Visions: The Works of Patrick Henry.”



Delmarva Visions: The Works of Patrick Henry
January 26, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Opening Reception January 26

Patrick Henry is a painter and photographer who has been living and working on the Eastern Shore for most of his life. Over the course of many years he has gained a reputation as a skilled artist, able to capture the essence of Delmarva through his own vision of the people and places of the shore and its unique rhythms of life. This LaMay Gallery exhibit showcases the breadth of his years of work on the Eastern Shore.



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