Havre deGrace Decoy Museum
Giles & Market Sts.
PO Box A
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
(410) 939 3739

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Decoy carving has a long tradition in this country and particularly in our area. Originally designed to lure curious ducks into a hunter's sights, decoys have evolved into an art form no less pleasing to the eye than fine sculpture or painting.

This heritage is traced at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum through a variety of exhibits. The works of many recognized Master Carvers are on display here, including complete collections of decoys made by Madison Mitchell, Charlie Joiner, Charles Bryant, and others.

The works of lesser known carvers will be found here as well, and carvers' tools and equipment are on display. Anyone who appreciates hunting, animals or fine art will enjoy browsing these great exhibits.

In addition, there are several other museums within walking distance, and Havre de Grace is a beautiful town, rich in history, and is a pleasure to visit on its own.

School Groups can enjoy a number of programs at the Decoy Museum. Most take twenty minutes, some forty, and up to sixty children may be accommodated. Minimum group size is ten. This could be part of a beautiful all day outing for any school group. Live Carver (all grades) features just that, a live carver who will discuss and demonstrate his craft. The environment or local history can be emphasized. Duck Calling (all grades) shows children how to make duck calls with a straw. Soap Decoy Project (grades 3 - 5) has children carve decoys from soap bars. Several other programs are available. Most involve simple, extremely entertaining crafts or activities.

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:30am - 4:30pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm. Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Also closed on the day that the city holds its Independence Day parade and fireworks. Call ahead to confirm.




Children 9 - 18


Children 8 and under


Seniors 65+


Groups: Adult Group (10 or more) Tours $4.00 per person, Youth Group Tours $2.00 per person.

Group Reservations: About 2 weeks in advance.

Lunch: Nearby restaurants or park for picnic.

Handicapped Access: First floor and main exhibit area accessible.

Directions: I-95 South to Exit 89. On Rt. 155 follow signs to Rt. 40. Cross Rt. 40 at Otsego St. and follow Otsego to end. Turn right onto Union Ave. to end at Tydings Park. Turn left to Museum. 60 - 90 minutes from Philadelphia.

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