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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


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.

Meet Cam Miller at the 2016 Art in Nature Photo Festival, where she will be this year's keynote speaker! This free event takes place at the Ward museum on Friday, August 12, 6-9:00 p.m.

Keyhole Rock by Cam Miller

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

Chincoteague Decoys: Tides & Time

August 26, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Opening reception during the Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo on October 8, 2016

For well over a century, hunting decoy carvers have had a special place in Chincoteague, VA’s unique landscape, creating “stools” for the hunter’s rig, and works of art that reflect their important waterfowling heritage. Modern carvers carry on this legacy by carving according to time-honored traditions, and producing innovations to thrive in a rapidly-changing cultural landscape. This fall the Ward Museum is excited to celebrate the place of Chincoteague decoys in the world of carving, and in the heritage of the Eastern Shore. Come experience the form and artistry of both antique and contemporary Chincoteague decoys. Learn about this unique island and the carvers born of this place.

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Miles Hancock in his workshop, photo courtesy of the Museum of Chincoteague Island.

Chincoteague Expressions: Artists in Their Environment

September 16, 2016 - February 12, 2017

Opening reception September 16, 5-7:00 p.m.

This fall and winter in the Ward Museum’s Welcome Gallery, artists living and working in modern-day Chincoteague will showcase their work as it reflects the natural environment they call home, and explores connections between the people and landscapes of Chincoteague. Experience innovative, multi-media art by some of the region’s best.

Savage Street Houses by John Beam

Scientific Illustration: Artistry in the Age of Science
January 27 – May 14, 2017

Opening reception January 27, 5-7:00 p.m.

The field of scientific illustration offers beautiful renderings and visual explanations of scientific subjects from birds and butterflies to animals. This winter the Ward Museum invites you to explore the field of scientific illustration in a new exhibit in the LaMay Gallery, running January 27 – May 14, 2017. Come experience the breadth and beauty of illustrated flora and fauna depicted in prints and original work by old masters, as well as in original illustrations from contemporary artists. A free opening reception will take place January 27 from 5-7:00 p.m.

Osprey with Fish by J.J. Audubon, courtesy National Gallery of Art

Illustrating Nature: The Student Art Show

February 17 - March 27, 2016

Opening reception February 17, 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 “Illustrating Nature" in conjunction with the LaMay Gallery exhibit "Scientific Illustration: Artistry in the Age of Science."

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