The Ward Museum is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and promoting wildfowl art and related materials, and interpreting their significance through educational programs and publications.
The Museum will achieve this mission by:
- Preserving and enhancing the legacy of Lemuel and Stephen Ward
- Reflecting the heritage of the maritime communities of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and similar communities throughout the United States and Canada
- Exploring and celebrating, through exhibits and programs the relevance and impact of wildfowl upon natural history and human society
- Committing to enhance the quality and stature of Salisbury University’s educational programs.
- Providing an environment for the intellectual investigation of wildfowl through the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and instructional programs
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University strives to lead the way for advancing the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature and culture. Through educational programs, exhibits and events the Ward Museum builds upon the legacy of Lem and Steve Ward in order to bring young and old to a greater understanding of the human relationship to the natural world.
The Ward Museum is a premier educational facility for the study of material culture, living traditions, and environmental concerns for the school children, scholars, and artists who are a part of the community the museum serves. "A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads questioning and thus promotes learning."