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Abbe Museum

26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
+1 207-288-3519
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Nice small museum in downtown Bar Harbor. Great place to learn about Maine's native peoples... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
RosemaryKN
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Pembroke, New Hampshire
Nice educational and historical museum.

Wasn't on our original to do list, but glad we stopped. The artifacts are interesting as well as... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Robin H
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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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26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1782
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice small museum in downtown Bar Harbor. Great place to learn about Maine's native peoples. Interesting displays.

Thank RosemaryKN
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We hope you return again and again as there is always something new to learn and do at the Abbe Museum. Warm regards, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko President/CEO

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wasn't on our original to do list, but glad we stopped. The artifacts are interesting as well as the general information provided regarding the local native American tribes.

1  Thank Robin H
Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

I'm delighted you decided to visit! We hope you return again and again as there is always something new to learn and do at the Abbe Museum. Warm regards, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko President/CEO

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This small, lovely museum highlights the native communities that have lived in Maine for thousands of years. The People of the First Light, a permanent exhibit, uses stories, artifacts, language and current art and fashion of the Wabanaki Nation to bring to life the culture...More

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Cinnamon C, Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting the Abbe! We hope you return again and again as there is always something new to learn and do at the Abbe Museum. Warm regards, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko President/CEO

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is framed in a de-colonial framework through native perspectives which is wonderful, however, I expected more art/ objects in the museum, especially for 8 bucks. Lots of information, a few source artifacts and some contemporary art. The recordings of the language was neat...More

Thank roaminginrome101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Some may find this a boring review of early life in the area, but having done seems pre visit reading ( Lobster Coast by Colin Woodward) the exhibits reinforced the difficult life faced by the early settlers and the decimation of the native Americans due...More

Thank Dorotockeys
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to learn about the Wampanoag Native Americans and their culture. Very friendly staff. Great way to cool off on a warm day.More

Thank Susan T
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello! We are delighted you spent time with us. Thank you for your visit to the Abbe Museum which has the mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. To clarify, the Wabanaki is a conferency of tribes - Penobscot, Passamaquoddy,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Abbe was a famous NY doctor who summered in Maine and became very interested in the Native American culture. He bought artifacts and the museum in Acadia displays much of his collection. It is mostly tools, weapons and pottery. The posters gave an interesting description...More

Thank Karen C
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello! Thank you for visiting the Abbe Museum in Sieur de Monts Springs in Acadia National Park. This is our original location, opened in 1928. Our new location, opened in 2001, is in downtown Bar Harbor and features changing exhibits and more educational program. I...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

So glad I finally made a visit here. Grew up in Maine and it's ridiculous I waited this long. The museum is beautifully set up, the written histories were very informative, and the art work impressive. Highly recommend spending time here.

Thank Samsmom T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful museum which did a great job of explaining the history of the area in relation to the Native American populations. Also did a great job presenting current tribal issues relating to waterways and land usage, etc. Lots of historic and current art by local...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

A high point of our visit to Acadia was an hour stroll through the botanical gardens at the original Abbe Museum (where the archaeological artifacts are located). Beautifully laid out garden, grouped by habitat (pond, mountain, etc.). Highly educational...but also soul-enriching.

Thank Ralph P
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We're so glad you visited and we hope the rest of your travels in Maine were just as lovely. Thank you!

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