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“Small, boring, nothing for kids, over priced”
Review of Abbe Museum

Abbe Museum
Ranked #17 of 32 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Unless you are really into Native American history skip this place. There is a lot of reading which makes it boring for kids.

1  Thank brianlovesbeth
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Cinnamon C, President & CEO at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your trip to the Abbe Museum, however, I find it curious that you did not find anything fun for kids to do while visiting the museum. Our two major exhibits Wabanaki Guides and Layers of Time both have hands-on games and activities in the exhibits, and the front desk offers a scavenger hunt for kids as well. Downstairs there is a room dedicated to children and families, which includes books, puppets, games, and puzzles. There is an exhibit of children's artwork that appeals to both children and families, and we have multi-media components in three exhibits which children enjoy too. Should you choose to visit Bar Harbor again, I encourage you to take a second look, on our dime. Just contact me at cinnamon@abbemuseum.org and I will send you free passes. Thanks for visiting.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Museum presents somewhat limited displays of local Indian history. Entry fee also allows entry into very small museum inside Acadia National Park. Allow an hour or so in Abbé Museum, 15 minutes at museum inside park. Once is enough.

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Cinnamon C, President & CEO at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Thank for you visiting the Abbe Museum. While we are a small museum located in a small community, we have a dynamic program series and changing exhibitions schedule. There is truly always something happening at the Abbe Museum and I encourage you to visit again and again.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Small, but very educational, and very dedicated to telling the stories of the Maine native Americans.

Thank Deborah D
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This gave us a great overview of the native people that are still very much a part of the Island and of Maine. Free lectures. Great kid area. Friendly staff! Teacher discount : ).

Thank Lisa H
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

clean and inviting place, geared really to the budding archeologist. Informative, well-maintained displays, more to be gained by reading and "studying" than by simply looking and enjoying. Way overpriced stuff in gift shop.

Thank Steven H
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