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“Very small museum” 3 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.
Palm Bay, Florida
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“Very small museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We visited this small museum but do not think was worth the time or money. I rated it average but the collection of Indian artifacts is very limited.

Visited September 2013
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“don't miss this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Outstanding. A small informative museum. Very well done.
We learned a great deal about the Native People of Maine.

Visited October 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Don't miss this one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Excellent display of American Indian artefacts. Well suited for children too. Comprehensive history of the Wabanaki peoples

Visited October 2013
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Rogers, Arkansas
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“New museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Well done native Indian museum, lots of old photos and artifacts! They brought a human element with pictures and information to learn the personalities of the guides.

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“Small but informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Abbe Museum is actually in two parts. We started with the Bar Harbor branch. While the museum is small there were several interesting sections. I enjoyed the room that explained about archeological digs, what they start with and what they find. My husband liked the geological and old history parts. The second part is in Acadia Park. It too is a small exhibit but has some interesting facts and our cost covered a visit to both.

Visited September 2013
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