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“Great Indian Museum”
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Abbe Museum
Ranked #19 of 75 things to do in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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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 September 19, 2013

I found it to be better than the National Indian museum in Washington DC. A lot of info on indian guides.
They have the best birch bark canoes I have ever seen.
An excellent place to go on a rainy day!

Thank KATHYTOMM
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We absolutely loved this museum. I was not expecting to learn so much about the different tribes of Maine. The baskets on display are very interesting.

Thank gandmeMaine
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you want to get a little bit more knowledge about native american, you better see this museum. It's small but nice and quiet. They have a room for kids activities too.

Thank kris_utama
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Interesting museum for a $6 adult fee. Look for 2 for 1 coupon in Bar Harbor glossy magazine at information centers. Lot of Native American artifacts, and information about how they traded, how they lived, how they made their baskets, clothes, and how they just survived. There is a 2nd part of this museum in the Acadia National Park near the gardens. Go on the same admission. Very interesting, especially since we happened to be here on the 4 week time they are building a canoe on premises. Will be going on for another 2 weeks, and this is Aug. 22nd. We enjoyed this attraction and were glad we went.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

It is very small and has many arrow heads and dioramas. I would not recommend it. Save your time for the Abbe Museum in downtown Bar Harbor.

Thank RetiredTeacher33
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