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Address: 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
Phone Number: +1 207-288-3519
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The Abbe Museum shares the history and culture of Maine’s Native people,...

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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This is a fairly small museum located in the town of Bar Harbour. We were there so my husband could run the marathon, so I walked around the town and decided to visit this museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a fairly small museum located in the town of Bar Harbour. We were there so my husband could run the marathon, so I walked around the town and decided to visit this museum to learn more about the original inhabitants of the area. I found the exhibits interesting, although some of it was fairly heavy going. Probably not... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Stopped in during a rainy day. There were a few interesting things, but overall I wasn't impressed. Neither was my daughter, who is usually interested in native American exhibits. Audio exhibits were horrible - you need to wait a long time before they start, and when they do, you can barely hear it.

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Thank ItineraryLady
Heather A, Director of Advancement at Abbe Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Abbe Museum while you were in Bar Harbor. I'm sorry you weren't satisfied by your visit. People of the First Light, our new exhibit, opened in late spring and we are still working on fine-tuning the sound components of the exhibit based on visitor experiences. We appreciate your feedback. Thank you, again, for visiting. Heather... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in the local indigenous peoples, this would be a must see. Otherwise give it a miss.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Educational, but I expected more art in a museum. It should more aptly be described as a natural history museum. But the price was inexpensive, and I was glad to learn more about the Native American people in the area. Definitely with a tour through, but wish they sold more local art in the gift shop

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Thank Lynne L
Trenton, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Abbe is dedicated to the native peoples of Maine. There are 2 locations, one in downtown Bar Harbor, one in Acadia National Park at Sieur de Mont Springs. The downtown core collection, People of the First Light, brings to life the Wabanaki people and culture with displays, stories, music and history. The Sieur de Mont location focuses more on... More 

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Thank Paula W
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A very thorough look at the native tribes in the northeast area, including Canada. Many displays and presentations to keep you interested and thoroughly informed on this area.

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Thank Glenn W
Saugerties, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We wandered through the museum for an hour or so. The exhibits were thought provoking and very informative. Excellent craftwork available in the gift shop

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

There are two Abbe Museums, one in downtown Bar Harbor and one in Acadia National Park. Can not comment on the one in ANP since it was closed, I would like you to know about the other which is hidden in the tourist mecca called Bar Harbor. This is the place to experience the history of the Wabanaki people who... More 

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Arley, AL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We were afforded a special tour of the Abee Museum as the result of my husband winning a Maine Tourism contest. We were wondering if it would worth spending three hours at the museum, but we were blown away with the tour. The native American artifacts are really fantastic especially the baskets which were so beautiful that there were true... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This is a nice museum - much smaller than I expected yet still worth going to see local culture of the Indians.

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