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Abbe Museum

Address: 26 Mount Desert Street, P.O. Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-3519
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Ranked #14 of 19 Attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Abbe Museum shares the history and culture of Maine’s Native people, collectively known as the...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, 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 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I hate to write a less than flattering review, but I must be missing something. We spent $8 each for 2 relatively bare rooms, and a traveling exhibit that was slightly interesting to me at best. What piqued our interest is that out front, they proudly display that they are working in association with the Smithsonian. That's did set a... More 

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Millsboro, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We spent several hours here in early September on a rainy afternoon. A museum educator was on hand and shared not only about the dugout canoe in the lobby but other information. His information added a delightful touch. There are a number of exhibits on the history of the local Indians. Do not miss the large room at the end... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Spent an hour or so here and learned a great deal. Well worth the admittance fee. Rather expensive gift shop.

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Arlington, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

If you get a rainy day on MDI, visit this museum. It's well done and and accessible to a wide audience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We actually went to the Abbé Museum in Acadia National Park. It was small but worth going through. My husband and I both love history and it exceeded our expectation. All of the history about the Indians and the first white settlers. You will not regret visiting it.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This museum tries to tell the story of the Wabanakee. The first room is excellent, describing the various tribes that make up the Wabanakee and their locations. Unfortunately, from there the story is totally lost. The rest of the museum, while interesting, consists of various rooms detailing various subjects such as how archeologists conduct digs, contemporary Native American art, basket... More 

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Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Abbe Museum while you were in Bar Harbor. I'm sorry you weren't satisfied by your visit. We offer changing exhibits all year long and from time to time, an exhibit might not resonate with a visitor. Working closely with tribal community members ensures that we're producing information that is important to Native people and that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Learn more about the island and local history with a visit to one or both of these museums, one in Bar Harbor and the other in Acadia National Park. Nice museums with great local collections. The Bar Harbor museum has a contemporary Native American Art exhibit and overview of local tribes. The museum at Sieur de Monts has artifact collections... More 

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Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Abbe Museum! We're delighted that you enjoyed it. Please visit us again, the next time you're on MDI, as we have changing exhibits and a variety of educational programs to offer. Warm regards, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko President/CEO More 

Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I think the Museum would be better called a Culture or Heritage Center. There are a few interesting artifacts, but what I saw was mostly art created by people of indigenous heritage. There were some artifacts and the modern art was quite good. It just wasn't what I was expecting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Abbe Museum! We're delighted that you enjoyed it. Please visit us again, the next time you're on MDI, as we have changing exhibits and a variety of educational programs to offer, just like the one you attended. Warm regards, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko President/CEO More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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