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Abbe Museum

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Address: 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
Phone Number: 12072883519

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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Abbe Museum Is Well Worth the Visit!!

This museum represents an excellent study of the 'maritime' American Indian culture, the Wabanaki, Mi'Kmaq nations. Very educational and a joy to visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Colorado Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum represents an excellent study of the 'maritime' American Indian culture, the Wabanaki, Mi'Kmaq nations. Very educational and a joy to visit.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is beautifully laid out like other Smithsonian-related institutions. It has a lovely display of baskets both in exhibits and the gift shop. There is a moving exhibit on the effects of drug addiction in the native people's community. There is an interactive section for kids. I only wish it was even larger.

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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Abbe Museum – we visited the smaller location at Sieur de Monts Spring inside Acadia National Park on the Park Loop Road, very close to the Sieur de Monts Spring & Nature Center. There is a minimal admission fee here (and this paid fee can be applied towards the admission price of the downtown Bar Harbor location). At Sieur De... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did you know Maine has Native American Heritage? Take some time to venture through this museum, Learn about their culture...see and enjoy the exhibits...stroll through the store and even purchase a Native-made product. I've been there many, many times,...there's always something new and different.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 August 22, 2016

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 August 21, 2016

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 August 20, 2016

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

Thank Sue S

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