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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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great place of history

there are two Abbe Museums. One is in Bar Harbor, the other in Acadia National Park near Sieur de... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
PreferFoodIDontCook
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Gloucester, Virginia
Better than expected

We stopped in here as a rainy day activity and were pleasantly surprised. The museum was small... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
MzRs
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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 4 weeks 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

1  Thank PreferFoodIDontCook
Reviewed 8 September 2017 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 6 September 2017

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 31 August 2017 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 22 August 2017

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 21 August 2017

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

1  Thank annehassel
Reviewed 21 August 2017

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 13 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

Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Wasn't on our original to do list, but glad we stopped. The artifacts are interesting as well as the general information provided regarding the local native American tribes.

1  Thank Robin H
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

I'm delighted you decided to visit! 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

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This small, lovely museum highlights the native communities that have lived in Maine for thousands of years. The People of the First Light, a permanent exhibit, uses stories, artifacts, language and current art and fashion of the Wabanaki Nation to bring to life the culture...More

2  Thank Lisa B
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thank you for visiting the Abbe! 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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