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Address: 26 Mount Desert Street, P.O. Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-3519
Description: The Abbe Museum shares the history and culture of Maine’s Native people...
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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A Must See w/great little gift shop

We come here on every visit to bar harbor.Ask about other part of museum that is in the park. Lots of stone artifacts. Easy parking at both with some handicap spaces. Local... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We come here on every visit to bar harbor.Ask about other part of museum that is in the park. Lots of stone artifacts. Easy parking at both with some handicap spaces. Local baskets for sale in gift store. Support a good little local museum.

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Mount Gilead, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Great find for our rainy day. Really nice artifacts and several activities for kids to do. Only $28 for 4 of us and a 3 year old.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We were very disappointed in this museum. The staff were as disinterested as they could be and it is not a museum where you could get much out of it on your own. It is obvious that a lot of money was spent on this facility and we went in expecting to learn about the native population in the area.... More 

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Auburn, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Wonderful display of Native American culture, lots of activity for kids. Wish there was more information about spirit leaders, shaman or health care.

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Augusta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect in this museum but so glad we went.Incredible repository of native American art & artifacts. Lovely items in the museum shop. To increase your appreciation of the original settlers of this area don't miss the Abbe Museum.

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Loved the presentations and realize what a Eurocentric view I have. This was a wonderful wake up call call to a. Heritage of which I know way too little of.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Nothing special. The girl working the front desk was a little snotty and not very helpful. She seemed annoyed that we there.

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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

While I appreciate the efforts, someone needs to visit other museums and get some ideas. I saw this more a study in how Archeologists work. The Displays went into some depth of archeolgy tools and techniques. There was one room representing several digs over the years and each case showed basically the same things - arrow heads, bone tools, needles,... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

One must admire the diligence of the collectors of artifacts found on MDI... I very much appreciate the foresight and respect these folks had for the preserving of this history. The displays are informative and pleasing. Impressive!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I was put off by the oft-state purpose of "decolonizing Indian history" even where it was not appropriate. It also prevented a more rigorous examination of the artifacts shown and their cultural history.

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Address: Address: 26 Mount Desert Street, P.O. Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-3519
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor

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