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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 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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This museum seems larger on the inside than possible, and so much information, artwork, and history is crammed inside.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Linnea973
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Orono, Maine
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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm a Native American buff & I expected much more from this museum. Very nice building but the exhibits were lacking & the admission price was high for all that was there.

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Thank Woodsylady
Orono, Maine
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This museum seems larger on the inside than possible, and so much information, artwork, and history is crammed inside.

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Thank Linnea973
Honolulu, Hawaii
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Abbe Museum is the best visitor destination in downtown Bar Harbor. Representing the native peoples of the region - The Wabanaki Confederation also known as the People of the Dawn, the museum beautifully shares the history of the Passamaquoddy, Micmac, Penobscot and Maliseet. The historical exhibits are accentuated with artifacts including basketry and stone tools/implements, and are rotated to feature... More 

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Thank Lee Y
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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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Thank ChateauWildcat
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

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.

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Thank Robin K
Quebec City, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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 

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Thank Dominique L
in NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

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 

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Thank Kitsaattheshore
Sydney, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

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Thank arkie_traveller
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 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 

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Thank MNartin C
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

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 

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