Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
Havre de Grace, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Located on the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses one of the finest collections of working and decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys. The museum preserves the historical and cultural legacy of waterfowling and decoy making on the Chesapeake Bay.

The museum showcases more than 2,000 objects—including 1,200 decoys and decorative carvings dating from 1930 to 1990, as well as boats, guns, textiles, books, documents, and photographs. The collection represents the work of more than 300 regional decoy makers.

Location / Directions: The museum is located on the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats in Havre de Grace, Md.

From north or south on I-95: Exit I-95 at exit 89 East to Havre de Grace. Proceed 4.6 miles, and turn right onto Juniata Street. Drive 1 mile to Revolution Street, and turn left. At Union Avenue, turn right. Proceed to the end of Union Avenue, and turn left onto Commerce Street. Follow signs to the museum.

From Eastern Shore points: Take MD Route 213 North to Route 40 East. Cross Hatem Bridge, and follow Route 40 to Revolution Street. Turn left onto Revolution Street. At Union Avenue, turn right. Proceed to the end of Union Avenue, and turn left onto Commerce Street. Follow signs to the museum.

From Pennsylvania: Take PA Route 272/MD Route 222 to Perryville. Cross Hatem Bridge, and follow MD Route 40 to Revolution Street. Turn left onto Revolution Street. At Union Avenue, turn right. Proceed to the end of Union Avenue, and turn left onto Commerce Street. Follow signs to the museum.

Driving Directions
Address: Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
215 Giles Street
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Phone: (410) 939-3739
E-mail: decoymuseum@aol.com
Activities: The museum offers four permanent exhibits:
  • “What Is A Decoy?” The museum's main gallery examines the basic function and construction of decoys, then delves into the diversity of decoy styles.

  • “Gunning the Flats” This exhibit places decoys within their historical context by investigating the tools and techniques used by local hunters throughout the past two centuries for both market and sports hunting.

  • “Honoring the Masters” Occupying the entire second floor gallery, this exhibit allows visitors to analyze and compare the styles of the area’s great carvers while enjoying the incredible vista of the Susquehanna Flats from the second-floor gallery.

  • “Carving Workshop” Visitors can explore the original workshop of legendary carver R. Madison Mitchell exactly as it appeared during his lifetime.

The museum also offers carving demonstrations on weekends, plus carving classes on Monday mornings. Contact the museum prior to attending your first class; each class costs $25.

The museum also maintains a library full of resources on decoy carving, decoy carvers, decoy collecting, hunting, waterfowling, wetlands ecology, guns, bird identification, and bird biology. Located on the museum’s second floor, the library holds more than 600 volumes and a small assortment of archival material.

Bay Art & Decoy Carving Educational Programs

Operating Hours: The museum is open every day—except New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas—from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Fees: The museum charges the following admission fees:
  • Adults, $4.00

  • Seniors (age 65 and older), $3.00

  • Youth (ages 9 to 18), $2.00

  • Children (ages 8 and under), free

  • Members, free

The museum also offers memberships.

Visitor Facilities: The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum contains permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as a library.
Accessibility: The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is handicapped accessible with a ramp leading into the museum and elevators inside the building.
Website: http://www.decoymuseum.com

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