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Address: 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
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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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Abbe Museum Is Well Worth the Visit!!

This museum represents an excellent study of the 'maritime' American Indian culture, the Wabanaki, Mi'Kmaq nations. Very educational and a joy to visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

An amazing collection for a small museum with highly curated exhibits. We thoroughly enjoyed the history and culture presented about the Native Americans who inhabit this region. The children's art was particularly moving and poignant.

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The new exhibit is wonderful and the stories are compelling. It is so interesting to know the Indians still live in Maine and their cultures are so rich. The exhibit is clearly well thought-out and I look forward to a return visit because with so much information, I'm sure I missed something! Just to round out the day I picked... More 

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Colorado Springs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This museum represents an excellent study of the 'maritime' American Indian culture, the Wabanaki, Mi'Kmaq nations. Very educational and a joy to visit.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This museum is beautifully laid out like other Smithsonian-related institutions. It has a lovely display of baskets both in exhibits and the gift shop. There is a moving exhibit on the effects of drug addiction in the native people's community. There is an interactive section for kids. I only wish it was even larger.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Abbe Museum – we visited the smaller location at Sieur de Monts Spring inside Acadia National Park on the Park Loop Road, very close to the Sieur de Monts Spring & Nature Center. There is a minimal admission fee here (and this paid fee can be applied towards the admission price of the downtown Bar Harbor location). At Sieur De... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Did you know Maine has Native American Heritage? Take some time to venture through this museum, Learn about their culture...see and enjoy the exhibits...stroll through the store and even purchase a Native-made product. I've been there many, many times,...there's always something new and different.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

There was history in time lines and placards. The anteroom with the beautiful birch bark canoe did an excellent job describing the different tribes that inhabited the current north eastern coast of US and Canada. Including the challenges that random borders and warfare between the French and British caused by creating artificial borders for the native communities. Much of this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We took an evening history walk and were so impressed. We learned a lot about local history from the very knowledgeable interpreter. We saw parts of town that we would otherwise have missed entirely. Go to the Abbe Museum for an awesome learning experience!

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