or worse). Local people aren't going to go anyway, and tourists aren't coming to visit, so it doesn't have to be an actual museum. It's just nice to have a museum on the local website, and the brochures. Realtors like it.
We've all done this -- mope around our cramped living rooms that there is "nothing to do in this town," and if we lived in The City (your pick), there would be symphonies, and theatre, and art, and.... we wouldn't go to them.
But about these ducks. "Through tours, lectures, demonstrations, special events, and a series of exhibits that range from single display cases to room-sized waterfowling displays, the Decoy Museum strives to communicate the heritage of Upper Bay decoy making to a national audience."
2700 objects. Not all ducks. They got them a boat in there. (In Havre de Grace, this is pronounced "boout." And pronounced is pronounced "per-newnct.")
Here's the narrative: history, hunting, carving. I admire that they don't try to take on more than is necessary. Havre de Grace is the "decoy capital of the world," they say. This may be like calling yourself an all-America City or heart-friendly. But I expect that if you have 2000 duck decoys in one place, you probably don't have much competition. (said from the Russian Icon Capital of America)
If you do not live near the Decoy Museum, or will not be passing through Havre de Grace, as I was when I saw the sign but could not stop for ducks, be of good cheer. America is large enough to accommodate many such collections, including
- Barnegat Bay Decoy and Bayman's Museum - Tuckerton, New Jersey
- Core Sound Waterfowl Museum - Harker's Island, North Carolina
- Refuge Waterfowl Museum - Chincoteague, Virginia (hobo ducks!)
- Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art - Salisbury, Maryland