Come Celebrate Art, Nature and Tradition.

Encompassed by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Ward Museum celebrates art, nature, and tradition withits showcase of the finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. The contributions of artists who havecarved birds both as tools for the hunt as well as objects of artistic enjoyment come to life in the 12,000 square footexhibition space. And with its 4.5 acre waterfront facility and year-round events, the museum is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. It's educational programs and services make it a great learning tool for area schools and
teachers. The Ward Museum takes pride in being a significant part of the local economy, community fabric, and theregional arts scene.

The Museum was named in honor of Stephen and Lemuel Ward, whose vision and artistry in carving decoys pioneeredthe transition of the decoy from a working tool to an expressive wildfowl sculpture. For almost 40 years the Ward WorldChampionship has brought over 1,000 artists from around the globe in Ocean City, Maryland, for the largest and mostprominent bird carving competition in the world. Carvers from the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom make their annual pilgrimage to compete for a chance to win the coveted World Champion title, as well as
participate in the educational conference that enriches their talent, and immerse them in a celebration of wildfowl art.

We invite you to become a part of an enduring celebration of the artistic, natural, and cultural legacy of these artists andthe thousands of others who have captivated the world. Discover for yourself why the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, is world renowned.

Within our signature galleries and exhibits you will discover the skills and creative talents of the past, alive in the presentday and enjoy vibrant, exceptional expressions of nature that are breathtaking for visitors of all ages.

Outside, waterfront relaxation awaits you. Browse the Sculpture Garden, walk the nature trail, observe native plants and wildlife, fish off the pier, paddle on the pond, or observe or sketch the scenery on the observation deck.

Want to get involved with the Ward Museum? You may start by visiting our galleries or attending an educational class.

As you experience and learn more about the museum you will soon discover that we have established relationships with our members and supporters that extend into the community and beyond.

Visit our website at and learn more about how to:
  • ? Become a Member
  • ? Join our Volunteer Program
  • ? Find Opportunities for Salisbury University Students
  • ? Make a Donation
  • ? Book A Field Trip
Special rates are available for group tours and field trips. Contact 410-742-4988 ext. 120 to schedule.

We look forward to seeing you!

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