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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 - Winter 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

A Most Respectable Bird: The Wild Turkey

September 12, 2014 – February 8, 2015

Opening Reception: September 12, 5-7 pm

Europeans in colonial America, who first encountered wild turkeys in the “New World,” became fascinated with the bird both as a food source and a symbol. Benjamin Franklin believed the turkey would more suitably represent the nascent United States than the bald eagle, stating it is “a true original native of America.” Indeed, the wild turkey is peculiar to the Americas, and American Indians have long used the wild turkey for food, regalia, and in symbolism. Today there are five subspecies of wild turkey in North America, which have rebounded from development- and hunting-related decimation in the early 20th century, thanks to extensive conservation efforts. Visit the Welcome Gallery beginning September 12 for a unique look at items portraying the remarkable history and significance of this respectable bird.

Eastern Wild Turkey

Eastern Wild Turkey, photo courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation

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 Art of Conservation” Student Art Show

February 13 – March 29, 2015

Opening Reception: February 13, 5-7 p.m.

Each year the Ward Museum invites students from Delmarva to submit their artwork to the annual Student Art Show held in the museum’s Welcome Gallery. Work exhibited there is thought up and created by individual students, as well as students in groups. This year’s theme is “The Art of Conservation,” and all art will reflect the students' ideas about conservation. Examples of topics interpreted include recycling, keeping the environment clean, climate change, and clean energy. Come visit the Welcome Gallery to view the work of Delmarva’s budding artists, and see the future of the art of conservation!

For more information or to submit your students' work, RSVP by January 27, 2015 to wardeducation@salisbury.edu.

School Art

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.

 Jan Bain

Volunteer and artist Jan Bain teaches watercolor to students at a Drop in Art event