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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 #19 of 25 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This small museum is basically a showcase for the work of students from the College of the Atlantic, and it sits on the institution’s campus located on the way into Bar Harbor. It features work in collections, educational programming, and exhibitions. I wish I would have known about a program like this! The place operates on donations and features a... More

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Southampton, New York, United States
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This compact but informative museum (free admission!) is all you'll need to get a full and complete briefing on the flora and fauna around Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. If you're taking "Diver Ed's" excursion (see separate review) arrive a half-hour early so you can tour this museum. Meet-up point for "Diver Ed" boat ride is right outside the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very good museum with lots of information on the local (and not so local) marine life. Admission is by donation, and donate you should! Most of the exhibits are put together by students of the College of the Atlantic (on whose campus the museum is located), and a lot of work was put in to them. A few are in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a wonderful hands on stop for restless kids! Excellent program and great customer service! You can purchase books on what you see as well as touch.

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Rainy day calls for museums and suchs. What a great place. Kids loved the touch tank and the exhibits were very nice and interesting. I may be a little biased because I'm a biologist but still a great place. Entry fee is up to you so please give enough to keep this place running.

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Pittsburgh
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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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3 attraction reviews
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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
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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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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 helpful votes 24 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 helpful votes 7 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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