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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

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

Changing Exhibits


50 Years of Art, Nature & Tradition: Ward Foundation Retrospective

Through August 19, 2018

The Ward Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.  Established in 1968 to honor the legacy of Lem and Steve Ward, the foundation has grown to be a leader in the arts and cultural community of Maryland and beyond.  This Welcome gallery exhibit will showcase on the history of the foundation, its leaders and its impact in the community and beyond.


 Overhead shot of Ward Foundation exhibit in Holloway Hall, Salisbury University campus, ca. 1975

Through Artist Eyes: The Eastern Shore Revealed
Through September 23, 2018
Opening Reception: June 1, 5-7 p.m.

Artists from across the eastern shore will exhibit works that explore the area’s natural and working landscapes, rich urban and rural lifeways, and the beauty of the everyday living in this special region.   Works of from a variety of media, including painting, photography, wood, stone and metal, will reveal the artistic vision and talents of those making art reflective of the Eastern Shore.



Tidewater Terrapin, by David Turner

A Century of Conservation: The 1918 North American Migratory Bird Treaty
August 24, 2018-Feb 17, 2019
Opening Reception: August 24, 4-6 p.m.

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Ward Foundation, the Ward Museum will be celebrating the centennial of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act and its transformative relationship with the Chesapeake Bay through a Welcome Gallery exhibit focused on the landmark legislation. Join us as we uncover the local impact of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act through a wide array of antique decoys, sporting accessories and conservation ephemera.



Washington Market, 1906. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

50 Finest Decoy Makers before 1950
September 28, 2018-January 13, 2019
Opening Reception: October 12, 2018

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ward Foundation, the Ward Museum is holding an exhibit of fifty great decoy carvers and their works prior to 1950.  The content of the exhibit is drawn from community nominations for both makers and their birds.  It will be the premier exhibit during the Ward Foundation 50th Anniversary event held during Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo.



Pintail hen ca. 1935, by Charles Perdew

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