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Address: 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-3519
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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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Prehistoric tool exhibit

This review is for the Abbe Museum in Sieur de Monts, Acadia National Park. You can park at Sieur de Monts parking lot . Go past the nature center & the museum is up on a hill... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Westville, Indiana
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Westville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This review is for the Abbe Museum in Sieur de Monts, Acadia National Park. You can park at Sieur de Monts parking lot . Go past the nature center & the museum is up on a hill overlooking the spring. My husband loved this museum. He liked the prehistoric tool exhibit & the Native American history. It's small. We walked... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Rotating exhibits tell the story of the people who lived here for millennia before we arrived. Our lifestyle is clearly not sustainable, but there are first-people camps in the area that were occupied for 5,000 summers running. The museum also has revolving exhibits from contemporary Maine artists - good stuff.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This was a little disappointing. We were expecting a bit more Bar Harbor history and found it to be a little bit boring. The building was very pretty and the staff was friendly.

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The Bar Harbor location is a beautiful space with fine, well designed exhibits of the Wabanki people whose presence on MDI and in Maine predated European settlers by a few thousand years. They also participate in the curating and planning of exhibits, so there is a different approach to this museum than often seen. Definitely worth the time.

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Boones Mill, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

By adopting a unique, de-colonizing approach, this Smithsonian-affiliated museum harnesses the wisdom, insight and perspectives of the native Wabanaki tribal peoples whose 12,000 year history is the focus of the exhibits and educational demonstrations featured here.

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St. James, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Did not take the full tour, however the hand made, birch canoe in the free, front gallery is gorgeous and a work of art. The gift shop is a gallery in it's own right, with incredible, hand made baskets and other items. Stop in!

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South Bend
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I have always had an interest in Native American artifacts and history, and was delighted to be able to get to this museum. I went to the original smaller one in Acadia park first, and then the larger one in town. Seeing the artifacts like fishing hooks and sinkers was very interesting and new for me. I particularly enjoyed the... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This museum had a really good collection of local native American artifacts. The exhibits were small, but the attention paid to detail was awesome.

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Wells ME
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My family has a lot of native american history so I enjoy going into this museum. I recommend it as part of your trip.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The Abbe has always been a great museum but with their new partnership with the Smithsonian I think it has gotten better still. $8 gets you in at both of their locations: in town and at Sieur du Mont Springs (price effective July 2015). The exhibits change each year (actually I think they change more often) so if you've been... More 

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