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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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American Indian hand crafted items and history.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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St. James, NY
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St. James, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 2 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Nice little museum showcasing the history of the various native tribes. Great historical summaries of how they came to be the Wabanaki Nation. Very nice student art show. Cool reflection room. Timeline of various archaeological digs was comprehensive. Because it's small, you can do the whole museum in 1-2 hours. Worth the fee.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We come here on every visit to bar harbor.Ask about other part of museum that is in the park. Lots of stone artifacts. Easy parking at both with some handicap spaces. Local baskets for sale in gift store. Support a good little local museum.

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Mount Gilead, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Great find for our rainy day. Really nice artifacts and several activities for kids to do. Only $28 for 4 of us and a 3 year old.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We were very disappointed in this museum. The staff were as disinterested as they could be and it is not a museum where you could get much out of it on your own. It is obvious that a lot of money was spent on this facility and we went in expecting to learn about the native population in the area.... More 

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Auburn, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Wonderful display of Native American culture, lots of activity for kids. Wish there was more information about spirit leaders, shaman or health care.

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Address: 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-3519
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor

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