Abbe Museum
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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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pjgrad
Kent, WA481 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This museum was right next to our hotel so easy to access. It had some interesting art and a some exhibits. I'm glad we went but I'd encourage them to pump up the content a bit. The building itself was interesting.
Written 25 October 2023
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Brett R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The museum offers free charging for electric vehicles in the parking lot in the rear. We went a week on MDI without polluting!
Written 22 August 2023
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fmpullo
Syracuse, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Took advantage of a rainy day to learn about the rich Native history of Wabanaki tribes that inhabit northern Maine and Canada. Abbe provides an outstanding overview of the culture, traditions, governance, and highly skilled artisans of the “People of the Dawn”. Total visit time: 3 hours.
Written 22 August 2023
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mforkner
Pataskala, OH595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Extremely well-done museum showing the history and culture of the first inhabitants of the area. All the exhibits were excellent, and the museum was clean, easy to navigate and loaded with great information. This was one of the highlights of our time in Bar Harbor. Luckily, we found parking (no small feat in Bar Harbor in October) right across the street. We spent a lot of time and could have stayed longer - fascinating history and presentation. cannot recommend any higher if you have any interest in the indigenous peoples.
Written 2 November 2022
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We stopped in here on a chilly afternoon while taking a break from the activities at the park, and were pleasantly surprised at the breadth of knowledge and the scope of the artwork exhibited here. This ethnographic museum is dedicated to the Wabanaki history and culture, with exhibits on Wabanaki artwork, religion, language, and a very frank, objective assessment of the US government's relationships with the Wabanaki. I appreciated that the Abbe directly collaborates with Wabanaki community members on the best ways to display and annotate the exhibits so that everything is presented in the most truthful ways. This museum deserves much more support and attention from tourists. Please note that the museum doesn't have its own parking lot, so you'll need to find street parking.
Written 23 October 2022
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Robin22
Manchester, NH233 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The museum exhibits have been moved to Bar Harbor because of staffing issues. We walked the trails, though, which were interesting even though it was raining the whole time. Very different scenery from the rest of Acadia.
Written 24 September 2022
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KnitsbyConnie
MA498 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was our rainy day activity. The forecast for this day had light showers and overcast, so we stopped here. It was nice to see that the museum was now focused on indigenous people of the area. The exhibits were of the indigenous' people's craft work, boats, tools, and clothing. Took less than 1 hour to browse the museum.
Written 7 July 2022
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pms4006
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
the exhibit of children's art was FANTASTIC! each item impressed and touched me in so many ways. the rest of the museum provided much information in a direct and objective way. Would return.
Written 5 November 2021
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BBB341962
Jacksonville Beach, FL166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We entered the museum and the woman that took our entrance fee was so nice and knowledgeable. We toured the entire museum learning more and more about the indigenous people of Bar Harbor. It was an education; that is for sure.
Written 27 October 2021
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jclin10
New York City, NY129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very tasteful and thoughtful introduction to Maine’s indigenous people. Their story is told through their eyes, and we were moved by their artistry and history. We came away with a desire to learn more, not only about the Wabenaki people, but also about other Native Americans.
Written 5 September 2021
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