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Address: 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
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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Nice place on a rainy day in Bar Harbor

This is a relatively small museum. Since it is about native americans, and done in cooperation with them it is certainly politically correct. It is also kid friendly. Good for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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New York City, New York
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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There was history in time lines and placards. The anteroom with the beautiful birch bark canoe did an excellent job describing the different tribes that inhabited the current north eastern coast of US and Canada. Including the challenges that random borders and warfare between the French and British caused by creating artificial borders for the native communities. Much of this... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took an evening history walk and were so impressed. We learned a lot about local history from the very knowledgeable interpreter. We saw parts of town that we would otherwise have missed entirely. Go to the Abbe Museum for an awesome learning experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is small but packed with information and nsights about the lives of the Native Americans that once occupied the land.

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved learning about the Native American history in the Maine. Beautifully maintained artifacts as well as modern day arts, crafts, and stories of the problems that face these people today are contained in this museum.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a relatively small museum. Since it is about native americans, and done in cooperation with them it is certainly politically correct. It is also kid friendly. Good for adults with lots of information and good for kids. It takes less than 90 minutes to see. It is right near the central square park in downtown. You will save... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great exhibits showcasing the native people of the area. Storyboards about their lives, crafts and homes

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent about an hour viewing the exhibits of the Abbe Museum, which provides a nice introduction to the native american heritage of the region. Several original birch bark canoes, examples of native dress and artifacts. Also two significant displays on modern native culture and the challenges faced by native americans. My teen+ children would like to have seen more... More 

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Albany, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is located right in town and is easy to find. There's also a fun ghost trip that you can ask the front desk about - a fun way to spend an evening. The museum itself has a lot of displays and some historical pieces as well as photographs and maps.

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Bangor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We reserved a field trip with the Abbe Museum and they did an excellent job. We were a group of 35 second graders and 35 third graders. The written confirmation had us arriving at 9:30 but they expected us at 9:00... their error. This cut our visit a bit short but we teachers felt that the amount of time we... More 

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Heather A, Director of Advancement at Abbe Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your great feedback! We are glad your students had a positive learning experience at the Abbe, and we apologize for the time confusion. We would love to talk with you at some point about ideas you have for broadening our offerings for younger students. Teachers are a very important resource for helping us build... More 

Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting museum of Indian art and artifacts. Small, but well done. Museum shop has wide variety of items, including outstanding hand made baskets.

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