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Abbe Museum

26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
+1 207-288-3519
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Native American history

This is one of two Abbe Museums. The other is in Acadia National Park. Rather small but we enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa L
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Great muesum

This place has such a great mixture of the history of the local tribes and their current art... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brie E
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The Abbe Museum shares the history and culture of Maine’s Native people, collectively known as the Wabanaki (Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and Maliseet), and operates from two locations in Bar Harbor. At our downtown location, visitors find dynamic exhibitions and activities interspersed with spaces for quiet reflection. At the Abbe’s historic trailside museum at Sieur de Monts Spring, guests can experience early 20th century archaeological discoveries informed by 21st century science. The downtown Abbe Museum serves guests year-round, while the Sieur de Monts Spring location is open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October. Admission includes both locations. Located in an historic downtown district, we offer clean restrooms, several nearby restaurants and Bar Harbor attractions, and nearby motorcoach parking. Other amenities may be offered with notice. The History of the Abbe Museum: First opened to the public in 1928, the Abbe Museum is named for its founder, Dr. Robert Abbe, an eminent New York physician and beloved summer resident of Bar Harbor. During the 1920s, Dr. Abbe assembled a collection of early Native American artifacts found in the Frenchman Bay area which launched the museum at Sieur de Monts Spring. In 2001, we opened our second facility in a renovated historic landmark in downtown Bar Harbor. Today, the Abbe offers changing exhibitions and a robust programming schedule for all ages. Our museum shop is a destination for unique gifts and art and shipping is offered.
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26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of two Abbe Museums. The other is in Acadia National Park. Rather small but we enjoyed learning about the Native Americans that lived in that area. The gift shop has some handmade items made by Native Americans no was able to purchase...More

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has such a great mixture of the history of the local tribes and their current art. Definitely a spot to check out.

Thank Brie E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Abbe Museum provided a look at the Wabanaki tribes through their own eyes. It was curated by the various groups who have inhabited coastal Maine for thousands of generations. The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute. It was a marvelous exhibition.

Thank Maureen O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We learned a lot about the Wabenaki people. A very interesting little museum with a ton of information.

Thank Johanne L
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We had some weather challenges during our visit to Bar Harbor but this museum provided a very interesting way to spend a rainy day. It is designed and organized with input from the Wabanaki confederation, the native American tribes in the region. It was a...More

Thank Buzz_Carol
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

So glad to have you visit the Abbe! Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Lots of interesting information on the Native Americans of the region with historical facts and beautiful artifacts.

Thank Chris_Bob_2014
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you so much for visiting the Abbe Museum! I hope you return again and again - there's always some new to see and learn at the museum.

Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is a must- see in Mid-coast Maine. The collections are great and the interpretive programs are moving and well done. Do not miss the contemporary birch bark canoe and film about its primary builder. Amazing displays of art from the 4 Wabanaki tribes....More

Thank madCat2
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for visiting the Abbe Museum. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this gem. An excellent display of the past and current crafts, art and history of the area's Native American tribes in a space specifically designed for this purpose. Plan on at lest an hour but I took 2. They have several superb birch...More

Thank Clarence G
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The talent & culture of the various tribes of Native American's was displayed BEAUTIFULLY!!!!!! The music played, all the displays, & the finery of their garments was on view very tastefully.....A must see for all....I will go back every time I visit Bar HArbor....

Thank susanlK8769XN
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

This is a tiny museum..,. Can be seen in about an hour. Although it is small it has some interesting information on the native tribes to the surrounding area. There is a nice gift shop inside loaded with local art works.

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