To most fully experience the Decoy Museum, visitors are encouraged to take advantage of our expanding educational offerings. The museum now offers adult and student tours, free weekend carving demonstrations, adult carving classes, and evening lectures. To make reservations or obtain additional information about any of these opportunities, please call the Decoy Museum at (410) 939-3739.
Group tours are available by reservation for adults and high school students. A docent will guide your group through the museum's galleries, supplementing exhibit material with anecdotes and additional information. Many of our guides are carvers, hunters, founders of the museum, and life-long residents of Havre de Grace who treat visitors to colorful glimpses into the history of decoys and waterfowl hunting in the Upper Chesapeake Region. Organizations can choose from a brief introductory tour or a full tour, and tours can be tailored to the particular needs of your group. The museum can accommodate up to 60 individuals per group, and tour participants receive reduced admission to the museum.
To receive our group tour discount, groups need to be made up of at least 10 adults and reservations should be made at least 2 weeks in advance for a non-guided tour and three weeks in advance for a guided tour.
|The Decoy Museum offers a variety of interactive programs for schoolchildren in grades pre-K through 8. These programs are designed to introduce students to this region's rich waterfowling heritage and its contribution to the folk art of decoy carving. Student group tour discount is $2.00 for students and $4.00 for "extra" chaperones. Groups must have at least 10 students Reservations are required at least 3 weeks in advance.|
The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum has designed a series of grade/age appropriate tours and activities for your class or youth group. Call our Coordinator of Education for our current selection of program offerings. Youth tours should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance and consist of groups of at least 10 students but no more than 50. Tours range in length from 20 minutes for very young children to 1 hour for older groups.
Special youth programs include a Harford County School system art competition for middle and high school age students. Cash awards are given, teacher inquiries only please! The museum also offers youth carving classes during the summer and after-school hours, students 12 and up are welcome, please call our Coordinator of Education for more information.
Each Saturday and Sunday, local carvers provide carving demonstrations to the public in the R. Madison Mitchell Shop, located behind the museum's main facility. Stop by to observe some of the techniques involved in the traditional folk art of decoy-making. This exhibit is included in the price of admission.
|Adult carving classes are forming. Please contact the Decoy Museum for times and registration.|
The Melvin A. Conrad Library is one of the nation's finest resources for information 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 over 600 volumes and a small assortment of archival material. Researchers interested in consulting the library's resources may do so by appointment.
For more information on the museum's programs or to initiate a tour reservation, please complete and submit the following form. A museum staff member will contact you as soon as possible.