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“First-class museum”
Review of Abbe Museum

Abbe Museum
Ranked #19 of 69 things to do in Bar Harbor
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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.
Fredericton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“First-class museum”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

You can learn much about early north american indians and the settlers of Maine, especially, of course, the local area. Very professionally run, the displays are facinating.

Visited July 2012
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Boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice small museum”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

This is the smallest museum I even seen. It is cute and informative. It's a nice place to get information about native people, especially in rainy days when you don't have much choice.

Visited September 2012
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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“Loved It!”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

A small but information packed museum. The treatment of Native American life along side of the history of settlement of Bar Harbor and Mt Desert Island is very interesting.

Visited August 2012
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good for a rainy day”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

No one goes to Mount Desert Island just because of this museum, but if it's raining, this is one of your best bets for entertainment. There are two sites, and the one in downtown Bar Harbor is the main one. It's a very attractive building and the exhibitions are reasonably interesting. The second site, included in your admission, is at Sieur de Monts Spring, and that is tiny, but does offer the advantage of parking. We parked there and took the Island Explorer into town.

Visited August 2012
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Hamden, Connecticut
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“A bit confusing”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

There are 2 Abbe Museum locations, a small one in the park and a larger one in downtown Bar Harbor. They made a good 2-4 hour activity for getting out of the weather.

Visited August 2012
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