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George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History

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Address: 105 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1136
Phone Number: +1 207-288-5395
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The George B. Dorr Museum features dioramas of coastal Maine wildlife and a...

The George B. Dorr Museum features dioramas of coastal Maine wildlife and a tide pool tank that houses a variety of live sea stars, hermit crabs, snails and other marine creatures for visitors to touch and observe. Our exhibits showcase work by College of the Atlantic students and are fun and educational for all ages. Our Mission Statement: The George B. Dorr Museum promotes student learning in natural history and its role in human ecological study at College of the Atlantic. The Museum fosters student work in collections, educational programming, and exhibitions in order to deepen public understanding of the relationships among the natural, social, and built environments.

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Wonderful little museum!

This college-operated museum is a gem: From the National Park Service ranger's humorously delivered but abundantly educational presentation on local ocean species to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
Cara O
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Manhasset, New York
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Manhasset, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This college-operated museum is a gem: From the National Park Service ranger's humorously delivered but abundantly educational presentation on local ocean species to the taxidermy specimens (created by students), accompanied by informative plaques, this small museum allows visitors to see the "shy" wildlife they might not glimpse in the wild. Truly worth a visit!

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Vernon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very neat place with a touch tank. I held a starfish which was a really cool experience! In this museum they have all wildlife and they talk about them too! I would return! Its a hidden gem! It was not as crowded as everything else in Bar Harbor!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The first time we went here I'd put the money in the donation jar and right after it had closed which really stunk but yesterday we took the kids back. It was worth coming back that second time. All the taxidermy is done by students on the campus, the whole museum is great for kids because there are little things... More 

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St. Johns, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We went to this little museum for the Ranger talk at the touch tank and were so glad that we did. The Ranger, Nate, was entertaining and educational. The museum itself is also quite amazing with well thought out displays that are Smithsonian quality. Easy to find when entering the campus from the main entrance (not south entrance) it is... More 

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Lufkin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We were visiting the campus of the College of the Atlantic for an American Indian festival, and the museum caught our eye on the way back to our car - and boy, are we glad we went in! This was one of the highlights of our trip to Mt. Desert Island. The museum is small, but its displays are amazing.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

ask the rangers when the ranger talk is, make a plan your children will learn something!! we love the sea!!

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Thank Carla Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

It was small but we spent about an hour there with a 2 and 4 year old. The touch tank was neat. It had starfish, snails, urchins, crabs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

We loved this museum. It was perfect for the three year old to look at the taxidermied animals and for the adults to read about the Arctic explorations. Nice book store too. The College of Atlantic campus was fascinating to walk around as well. There is a fabulous coastal garden and a little rocky beach. One caveat about the hours,... More 

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Cripple Creek, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

It was great. Small however just enough to see to keep the kids interested. They even went on a scavenger hunt. I recommend for younger kids for sure ther was no actual cost to go in. Just asked for a small donation and that was worth it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

Enjoyed our visit there on a rainy day in August. The displays were interesting and educational. It is geared towards the younger crowd, but was still a good spot to spend a couple hours on a rainy day for all.

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