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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


Chincoteague Decoys: Tides & Time

Through January 22, 2017

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. You can purchase the exhibit catalog from our website here.





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

Chincoteague Expressions: Artists in Their Environment

Through February 12, 2017


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 February 17, 5-7 pm in conjunction with Illustrating Nature: The Student Art Show.

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 February 17, 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."


Talents Unveiled: A Volunteer Art Showcase

April 7 - July 30, 2017

Opening reception TBD

Many of the volunteers at the Ward Museum are accomplished artists themselves. The Welcome Gallery features a collection of works made using a variety of media and techniques by our dedicated volunteers.











Backyard Birds & Birdhouses

May 19 - September 24, 2017

Opening reception May 20 in conjunction with the Delmarvalous Festival

The beauty of nature is just right outside your window.  In rural and urban areas alike, migrating and residential birds bring a splash of color through the seasons.  Birdhouses are equal in the variety of their design and vibrant colors.  This LaMay Gallery exhibit will showcase the diversity of backyard birds and birdhouses.






Retrievers:  The Hunter's Best Friend
August 4 - January 14, 2018
Opening Reception TBD

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.


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