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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 #19 of 24 attractions in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Augusta, Maine
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

The building was nice and clean but lacked substance for exhibits. The cost was not worth the experience for a family of six. I love Bar Harbor and spent many childhood summers there as my family operated hotels and restaurants in the area. We won't be back to this museum.

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Brielle, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The building is beautiful and modern. The exhibits inside are not very interesting and there is zero attempt to educate the museum visitor. Needs to be completely overhauled and reorganized.

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Orland, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Every time I visit the Abbe, I learn more about how Maine's people are connected to the earth and elements by paying attention to Wabanaki culture from art to artifacts. Great exhibits, well-labeled, both a current exhibit and parts of the museum's permanent collection. Staff always well-informed and helpful. Free entrance through April. Always free to Wabanaki tribe members. (Fee... More

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Portland, Maine
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This unique museum, now associated with the Smithsonian, chronicles the archaeology and social history of one of Maine's first nations tribes, the Passamaquoddy. The museum is small but modern. The gallery that features the archaeology and history of one tribal site is particularly well done.

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Auburn, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Small place, not a whole lot to look at, but if you don't mind paying 6bucks a piece to duck out of the rain, it's alright. It's located right in the center of town near the village green.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We visited this small museum but do not think was worth the time or money. I rated it average but the collection of Indian artifacts is very limited.

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Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Outstanding. A small informative museum. Very well done. We learned a great deal about the Native People of Maine.

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Perth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Excellent display of American Indian artefacts. Well suited for children too. Comprehensive history of the Wabanaki peoples

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Rogers, Arkansas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Well done native Indian museum, lots of old photos and artifacts! They brought a human element with pictures and information to learn the personalities of the guides.

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too far inland
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Abbe Museum is actually in two parts. We started with the Bar Harbor branch. While the museum is small there were several interesting sections. I enjoyed the room that explained about archeological digs, what they start with and what they find. My husband liked the geological and old history parts. The second part is in Acadia Park. It too... More

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