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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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Abbe Museum/ Smithsonian

The Abbe Museum is part of the Smithsonian & shows the WONDERFUL history of Native Americans... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bev B
Temecula, California
via mobile
great place

found this because we stayed next door, Acadia Hotel. a must see to become familiar with the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
+1 207-288-3519
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Abbe Museum is part of the Smithsonian & shows the WONDERFUL history of Native Americans.... particularly the tribes for the North East. Must see!!!

Thank Bev B
Reviewed 1 week ago

found this because we stayed next door, Acadia Hotel. a must see to become familiar with the indigenous people of the area. facinating art work, lovely meditation building.

1  Thank debra s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little museum. Interesting displays and a lot of interactive areas for information. Nice children's area with hands on activities.

Thank DimarieOhio
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$8 adult entry (plus tax) This museum is dedicated to the native community. Nice shop attached selling some lovely items- unfortunately too big and bulky to bring home on a plane, and also very expensive ($2500+ for a woven basket) but we did buy some...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small, but interesting and well-curated museum of local native American artifacts. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Indian tribes and history are fascinating.The baskerty is delightful.Charming visit on a rainy,foggy day.

Thank Budd199
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

(San Franciscans on a first time ever 11 day trip to coastal Maine between Portland and Bar Harbor.) This is THE real find on MDI. Of course folks come here for Acadia and the coast but this is a revelation. The Abbe is in itself...More

Thank nurealam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbe Museum, which opened in 1928, is dedicated to exploring the history and culture of Maine's Native American people, the Wabanaki or "People of the Dawn." With one location at 26 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor and another at Sieur de Monts in...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are two Abbe Museum locations. We only went to the one located in Acadia National Park. It cost three dollars for a couple of rooms with some arrowheads, a few dioramas, and the story of the founder. There was not much here. It was...More

Thank BishopSteve
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is very high-quality, showing the history and craftsmanship of the native Americans who dwell in the Mount Desert Island area. Take the time to read through the history on the displays. You will develop a good appreciation for the people and how they...More

Thank MUTigerInIL
Cinnamon C, General Manager at Abbe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello there! Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you visited and tool the time to write a review. I'm glad you took part in the tours offered by Bar Harbor Ghost Tours! We do not operate those tours or have any...More

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