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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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Not what they once taught us in school about early settlers

Some may find this a boring review of early life in the area, but having done seems pre visit... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dorotockeys
via mobile
Very interesting

Great to learn about the Wampanoag Native Americans and their culture. Very friendly staff. Great... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Susan T
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Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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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 4 days 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 4 days 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 2 days 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 6 days 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 2 days 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 2 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 2 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

This is one of two Abbe Museums. The other is in Acadia National Park. Rather small but we enjoyed learning about the Native Americans that lived in that area. The gift shop has some handmade items made by Native Americans no was able to purchase...More

Thank Lisa L
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit! I hope you come again. We are always changing and creating new exhibits and programs for all audiences.

Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

This place has such a great mixture of the history of the local tribes and their current art. Definitely a spot to check out.

Thank Brie E
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the museum! We hope the rest of your time in Maine was pleasant and that you'll come see us again.

Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

The Abbe Museum provided a look at the Wabanaki tribes through their own eyes. It was curated by the various groups who have inhabited coastal Maine for thousands of generations. The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute. It was a marvelous exhibition.

1  Thank Maureen O
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ah! Thank you!!! We appreciate your feedback so much! I hope you visit again and again as we are always changing and improving.

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We learned a lot about the Wabenaki people. A very interesting little museum with a ton of information.

Thank Johanne L
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you spent some time with us while in Maine! I do hope you visit again and again.

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