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George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History

105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-5395
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Ranked #16 of 24 attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: The George B. Dorr Museum features dioramas of coastal Maine wildlife and a tide pool tank that houses a variety of live sea stars, hermit crabs,... more » Owner description: The George B. Dorr Museum features dioramas of coastal Maine wildlife and a tide pool tank that houses a variety of live sea stars, hermit crabs, snails and other marine creatures for visitors to touch and observe. Our exhibits showcase work by College of the Atlantic students and are fun and educational for all ages. Our Mission Statement: The George B. Dorr Museum promotes student learning in natural history and its role in human ecological study at College of the Atlantic. The Museum fosters student work in collections, educational programming, and exhibitions in order to deepen public understanding of the relationships among the natural, social, and built environments. « less
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Pittsburgh
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116 reviews 116 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We wandered into the museum after visiting the small art gallery at the College of the Atlantic. The touch tank is full of small sea creatures - crabs, shellfish and other shore life. It was fairly interesting, but our visit was lifted to another level when the museum attendant gave us a guided tour of the tank. Her enthusiasm for... More

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Natick, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Dorr Museum is a wonderful place to visit on the College of Atlantic campus. There is no entrance fee, but there is a box for donations. The students are very friendly and informative about the exhibits and the touch tank. It is a bright atmosphere which provides an educational experience and a fun time rolled into one. Most of... More

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

If you are naturalist enthusiast like our family is and you enjoy learning about things like ecology and natural history than this museum is definitely worth a visit. They have a wonderful touch talk and dozens great exhibits.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stopped here on a whim one sunny day and were happy we did. The Touch Tank program taught everyone in the family a little something about the local sea life. It can be busy, but it was worth the visit. Take time to check out the whale skull across the street from the museum!

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Boston, MA
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a small Museum, but we were very impressed with the content. The displays are great and it's worth the stop.

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Saint-Clar, France
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

A few stuffed animals for the kids to see and a small touch tank with some starfish etc. Note the 40 ton whale skull opposite - it's huge! Good toilet facilities. Tip: even though it's free it does need donations so drop a dollar or two in the tip box.

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House Springs, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We went to the Ranger program, Touch Tank on a rainy day. It was great despite the fact that there were a TON of people there. The kids had a good time.

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

neat place to go for an hour or so if you have a rainy day in bar harbor and can't get out to explore the trails of Acadia. touch tank was neat and the exhibits created by the college students are fantastic. also- it is free (donations appreciated)- which is great for us families on a budget.

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We visited here to have our grandkids participate in the Ranger Tidepool Talk and enjoyed the bonus of this great little museum. The exhibits were very well done and captivating for kids to take in. The talk was about 45 minutes and another hour is plenty for the museum.

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DorrMuseum, Manager at George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of the Dorr Museum, your feedback is so appreciated! This summer the Touch Tank Talk with a ranger from Acadia National Park takes place at 2:00pm Tuesday through Saturday. These talks are extremely kid-friendly, although appropriate for all ages and anyone interested in learning more on tide pool etiquette and the species you... More

Ellsworth, Maine, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Great exhibits, nice touch tank and cool whale skeletons. I also thought the staff were really helpful and informative about the study skins and various bones and such that you could touch and feel. Apparently the students of the college make all the exhibits and they are really interesting and informative as well. After the museum you can walk around... More

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