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“A boring museum”
Review of Abbe Museum

Abbe Museum
Ranked #19 of 69 things to do in Bar Harbor
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Owner description: 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.
Brielle, New Jersey
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A boring museum”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

The building is beautiful and modern. The exhibits inside are not very interesting and there is zero attempt to educate the museum visitor. Needs to be completely overhauled and reorganized.

Visited August 2013
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Orland, Maine
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Finding our Connections to Maine's True Natives”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

Every time I visit the Abbe, I learn more about how Maine's people are connected to the earth and elements by paying attention to Wabanaki culture from art to artifacts. Great exhibits, well-labeled, both a current exhibit and parts of the museum's permanent collection. Staff always well-informed and helpful. Free entrance through April. Always free to Wabanaki tribe members. (Fee during high tourism season except for members). Get on their mailing list for special programs—dance, drums, speakers, teachers, workshops for adults and kids. I really enjoyed a writing workshop recently. In summer we go to both the in-town museum and the much smaller one in Acadia National Park.

Visited March 2014
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Portland, Maine
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142 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Unusual: don't miss!”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This unique museum, now associated with the Smithsonian, chronicles the archaeology and social history of one of Maine's first nations tribes, the Passamaquoddy. The museum is small but modern. The gallery that features the archaeology and history of one tribal site is particularly well done.

Visited December 2013
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Auburn, Maine
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Rainy day excursion”
Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

Small place, not a whole lot to look at, but if you don't mind paying 6bucks a piece to duck out of the rain, it's alright. It's located right in the center of town near the village green.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very small museum”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We visited this small museum but do not think was worth the time or money. I rated it average but the collection of Indian artifacts is very limited.

Visited September 2013
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