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Address: 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 12072883519
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The Abbe Museum shares the history and culture of Maine’s Native...

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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Great Little Museum

Not sure how we found it, but it was a great find. Lots of excellent detail about local and regional history with a primary focus on Native American history and art. Worth the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not sure how we found it, but it was a great find. Lots of excellent detail about local and regional history with a primary focus on Native American history and art. Worth the time. Downtown location is convenient to everything.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed this museum. I went with my mom. It is definitely a great place to bring 4-8th graders. There are some good interactive exhibits where kids (and adults) can create their own exhibit. There are also a variety of Native American artifacts.

Thank Robin K
Quebec City, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe I did not read enough information about what the museum had to offer ahead of time. I had the feeling I was reading some political comments and not just history. I was looking forward to this visit wanting information on the history of the Wabanaki in Bar Harbor specifically, and thought an exhibit would have concentrated on their important... More 

Thank Dominique L
in NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Starting out we were both unfamiliar with the Wabanaki Nation & their 12000 + history. We enjoyed looking at the beautiful baskets,photos, artifacts & the gorgeous birch bark canoe in the lobby, it truly is a work of art. We did like the children's artwork display. I found it to be a very worthwhile visit learning about the Abenaki, Maliseet,... More 

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Sydney, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As you walk up to the building, you might be a bit skeptical about the $8 admission charge, but if you're at all interested in learning about archaeology and the local tribes, I would recommend parting with the $8. The building, although it looks very small is deceptively large inside. In the first room there is a display on the... More 

Thank arkie_traveller
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This was a surprising museum about the native people of New England. It described their history from the the present day backwards, to the beginning of the population of the area as it emerged from the late Ice Age. It brought home that these people were still in the Mesolithic age in recent history and that there was still access... More 

Thank MNartin C
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

A great museum with a handful of solid exhibits and a nice gift shop. I really appreciated their decolonized approach and that they took the time to explain to visitors what that means. I walked out feeling like I understood the basic history and culture of the Native American groups the museum focused on. I especially liked the exhibit of... More 

Thank mmoose4
Burke, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The Abbe Museum is a beautiful, quiet space. the exhibits give great insight into the native people of the area, their history, and their artwork. the museum itself has a bright, new, open feel that is a great showcase for the exhibits. The larger downtown museum has a smaller branch near the Nature Center, which i also highly recommend.

Thank John K
Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Abbe Museum is small but the exhibits are extremely well presented-- very detailed and nicely spaced, not crowded but efficiently organized in an easy to navigate and comfortable space. High quality-- what one would expect from their association with the Smithsonian. Ticket covers both locations, which do not have to be visited on the same day. Both locations provide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I have been going to Mount Desert for years and had never gone to the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. This year we had a raining day and decided to make a visit. It was a wonderful choice. This museum is very well done and part of the Smithsonian. It is packed full of information on the Native Americans of... More 

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