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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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Small exhibit

There are two Abbe Museum locations. We only went to the one located in Acadia National Park. It... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Fine museum centering on local native Americans

The museum is very high-quality, showing the history and craftsmanship of the native Americans who... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bloomington, Illinois
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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
+1 207-288-3519
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There are two Abbe Museum locations. We only went to the one located in Acadia National Park. It cost three dollars for a couple of rooms with some arrowheads, a few dioramas, and the story of the founder. There was not much here. It was...More

Thank BishopSteve
Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is very high-quality, showing the history and craftsmanship of the native Americans who dwell in the Mount Desert Island area. Take the time to read through the history on the displays. You will develop a good appreciation for the people and how they...More

Thank MUTigerInIL
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello there! Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you visited and tool the time to write a review. I'm glad you took part in the tours offered by Bar Harbor Ghost Tours! We do not operate those tours or have any...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

there are two Abbe Museums. One is in Bar Harbor, the other in Acadia National Park near Sieur de Monts. This review is for the one in Acadia. This little museum had dioramas of the native Americans who lived in Maine. There were displays of...More

Thank PreferFoodIDontCook
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in here as a rainy day activity and were pleasantly surprised. The museum was small enough to complete in an hour. Exhibits were really interesting and gave good insight into both the histories of the local tribes and the current culture and difficulties....More

Thank MzRs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thi Museum celebrates the Micmac and Penobscot people, and also the natural life of the area. The exhibits are well-mounted, well-labelled, and in a really nice building. I'm not a museum gift shop nut, but this one is pretty special.

Thank Leatherstocking88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We learned a lot about the Indians in Maine. Very good exhibits , and a lot of interesting information to go with them.

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is truly outstanding, and I say that from the point of view of a retired museum technician and curator. The exhibits are gorgeous and easy to navigate and to understand. I visited recently on the occasion of the basketmaker's demonstration, and it was...More

Thank lcbs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was kinda disappointed. A lot of baskets. Nothing I wanted or needed. Off the beaten path. Left empty-handed...

1  Thank annehassel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent about 30 minutes looking through this small museum. It has a few dioramas and a fair number of artifacts. Nothing really very exciting but if you are in the neighborhood it is an OK place to make a short visit.

1  Thank mike l
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Nice small museum in downtown Bar Harbor. Great place to learn about Maine's native peoples. Interesting displays.

Thank RosemaryKN
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

We hope you return again and again as there is always something new to learn and do at the Abbe Museum. Warm regards, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko President/CEO

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