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Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum

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Address: 33 Ledgelawn Ave, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1303
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+1 207-288-3807
10:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 15:00

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This museum is not to be missed in the grand scheme of the "working class" vs the "moneyed class" of the late 19th century/early 20th century and its impact on modern day... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2016
Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

This museum is not to be missed in the grand scheme of the "working class" vs the "moneyed class" of the late 19th century/early 20th century and its impact on modern day finances. Our volunteer docent was polite and knowledgeable, but sadly, seemed bored when I asked questions about the 1947 fire which destroyed the many wealthy people's "cottages" in... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

I’m a history buff and decided to take a look at the Bar Harbor History Museum (it was also an exceptionally hot day). The museum is located on the first floor of a house in town. It is filled with pictures of the history of Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor. A large part of the island and town burned... More 

Thank TooOldtoRun
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Off the beaten path, and with limited hours, we were thrilled to fit this into our short Bar Harbor visit. The museum is in an early 1900's building that was once a convent for the Sisters of Mercy. The downstairs is packed full of photos and a wide variety of items covering the history of Bar Harbor. We learned about... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The staff was very good, and listened patiently to the small children in our party. They pointed out certain things to us, and told us places to look out for.

Thank tazzie062
Asheville, North Carolina
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Very informative, even allowed my small dog inside where he was given water and treats. Open M-F 1 to 4.

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

We needed some help to locate cemeteries on the island. We had a delightful visit with the volunteer staff and had all our questions answered.

Thank kroepoek7
Fairfax, Virginia
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311 reviews
276 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We enjoyed our visit here while we visited the town of Bar harbor. It gives you a good overview of the history of this area.

2 Thank John P
Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2013

A lovely museum with plenty of artifacts, pictures and articles about the history of Bar Harbor. The docents are knowledgeable and are ready to answer any question! I think I liked the old Bar Harbor better - now it's super commercial.

3 Thank StaceyR321
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2013

We went there on our last day in Bar Harbor. My hubby, the History Buff, wanted to find out more about the fires that had destroyed much of the island in 1947 and I'm always interested in local stuff. Beautiful handmade laces and dresses donated by local families. Also a room with lots of scrapbooks & albums to poke through.... More 

5 Thank bestteachermom
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

Only open 1pm to 4pm. It is free, but you can leave a donation. Volunteers work their. Everyone is very nice. No pictures allowed. I was very interested in the fires of 1947. They had great first hand accounts of this event. I could have stayed all day but they have very short window. If you love local history, you... More 

5 Thank TexasCorndog

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