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Abbe Museum

26 Mount Desert Street, P.O. Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-3519
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Ranked #20 of 25 Attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Abbe Museum shares the history and culture of Maine’s Native people, collectively known as the Wabanaki (Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The Abbe Museum can fill several hours on a rainy day, but shouldn't be missed by anyone. The day we chose to visit the museum educator was present and describing the making of a birch bark canoe. His rapport and willingness to answer questions about the exhibits was appreciated. This is a beautiful building with changing exhibits on the native... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Wonderful museum - great to showcase the important Native American history of Maine and the island - beautiful exhibits, great museum shop, beautiful architecture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited both locations (in the park and Bar Harbor). We learned a lot about the history of the local native Americans. Not so interested in the contemporary art, but that's just my taste. The birchbark canoe in the BH location is worth a visit by itself if you are interested in wooden boats.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This little museum which is in the park itself is wonderful. It has the best exhibits and interpretation of the Indians who lived in Acadia and their lives before and after the French and English arrival. It's little but really worth it!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

The abbe provides a valuable educational experience and you will learn much of the native american tribes of maine. It should be noted that this is a very limited museum with 3 exhibit rooms one devoted to student exhibits. We enjoyed it but don't have unrealistic expectations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Of all the attractions in the Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park area, I enjoyed the Abbé Museum the most, especially the location within Acadia National Park at Sieur de Monts. You get a historical perspective of how the arrival of Europeans impacted the native peoples of the Maine coast, and the status of these native tribes today. The purchase of admission... More

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Forked River NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The downtown ABBE museum has a stunning display of native American baskets and artifacts. There are many nice displays and a children's room in the basement of the downtown location.Yes there is a small admission fee at both locations, but if you go to one, you get a coupon for 1/2 off at the other location. The museum in the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I enjoyed the two visits I have taken to the Abbe museum. There is an interactive room for kids in the basement that has a few fun games. The museum is very informative. My only hesitation to go would be if I had very active kids as there is a lot of reading to do to know what artifacts you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This little museum focus on the local native American tribes, the Wabanaki. Not only is this a great place to learn about their culture and history, but also a bit of Maine's and even the US and Canada. The exhibition features tools and artifacts, it has an absolutely wonderful exhibit about archaeology and how research on the past of this... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Focus is on local native American cultures. Many interesting historical displays as well as contemporary works of art. Some of the basketry is downright spectacular. Well worth a visit.

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