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“Well done and interesting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbe Museum

Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, P.O. Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-3519
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Ranked #14 of 19 Attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
Kennebunkport, Maine
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“Well done and interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

a well-done and interesting exhibit to learn more about Maine's different native americans. we saw an exhibit about guides both from the past and present day ones

Visited May 2013
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Brunswick, ME
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“Wonderful Native American Historical Overview”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

There is so much packed into the museum that you could stay all day. I was particularly impressed with the exhibit about Native America Guides.

Visited March 2013
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Bronx
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“Great Native American exhibition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Abbey Museum does a great job in providing historic preservation of the native American tribes. There are great cultural events and presentations as well as children's workshops. This is a must see stop when visiting Bar Harbor if you have any interest in Native American Culture on the East coast.

Visited April 2013
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Medford, Massachusetts
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“Take a Look here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Abbe museum is a very interesting place. Give yourself some time to enjoy all the history, artifacts and learning that is available . Its much bigger than you think, and jammed packed with information. It was nice and cool change form the hot summer sun . They also have some beautiful handmade items for sale.

Visited July 2012
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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“Interesting Displays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The exhibits were well presented and gave a good overview of local history. Particularly enjoyed the history of Bar Harbor.

Visited June 2012
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