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Address: 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-5395
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The George B. Dorr Museum features dioramas of coastal Maine wildlife and a...

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.

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Taxidermy for days!!

We wandered around the College of the Atlantic on a rainy morning in October. The Museum was highly recommended and it didn't disappoint. The young man helping the visitors was so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We wandered around the College of the Atlantic on a rainy morning in October. The Museum was highly recommended and it didn't disappoint. The young man helping the visitors was so friendly and he walked us around the displays and told us a ton of great stuff about the dioramas, right down to the young lady who tried taxidermy on... More 

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Camden, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

College of Atlantic students have created magnificent displays of indigenous animals "in action" and explained their displays clearly and simply. A great stopover for children and adults of all ages. Quite unexpected but greatly appreciated.

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Seymour, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History is located on the grounds of the College of the Atlantic. Just a short distance from downtown Bar Harbor, it is well worth a visit. The museum is relatively small but packs a big visual effect. Three rooms are devoted to the natural wildlife of this beautiful area of coastal Maine. The... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I had visited this museum as a child so thirty years later, I decided to visit with my own kids. This is a small museum that you could spend 30-60 minutes in. It's a great "rainy" day activity. There is a touch tank with a Park Ranger who tells you everything you'd ever need to know about every living creature... More 

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Waterville, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This a very special museum. It is interesting to the very young as well as the very old. Plan on at least a half hour there. More if you have the time. There is so much to see.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is on a cute old College Campus (COA) . We stopped there when we were doing Diver Ed and I wish we were there a little longer. Touch tank and really well set up displays with taxidermy animals. Lots of cool skeletons and of course the big whale skulls. I bet you could do it in an hour and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Nice little museum if you enjoy wildlife. The displays were beautiful and set true to life. They have a touch tank for kids plus it's all free.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

In all our trips to MDI we have never before made it here. Perfect for families, especially if the kids are working on Naturalist programs. The ranger working the touch tank signed off on their forms. But these young students were genuinely fascinated, not jyst getting their "tickets punched." The ranger had been up on Cadillac that morning with us... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Many great COA student senior projects on display! Nice visuals of various local animals and habitats. The "touch tank" is a highlight! Coming soon...Geology of MDI exhibit, Fall 2015

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Took my daughter here at the suggestion of the hotel staff. There was a large fin whale head skeleton outside at the college which was really cool! Another 2 more real whale skulls were inside - minke and humpback. There was a place to touch and hold different sea critters such as starfish, sea cucumbers, crab, oysters, etc. There were... More 

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