Abbe Museum

 The original Abbe Museum is located at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park, as a seasonal facility dedicated to furthering the understanding and appreciation of Maine’s Native American cultures, history and archaeology through exhibitions, educational programs and research.  A private, not-for-profit institution, the museum is devoted solely to preserving and celebrating the heritage of all four Native communities in Maine: Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot.  The Abbe Museum, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has a permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects representing 10,000 years of Native American life in Maine.  The museum is significant for its distinctive architecture, its legacy as a private trailside museum founded to complement the National Park System, and as one of the remaining examples of the spirit and architecture of the “Gilded Age” in Bar Harbor.

 Founded by Dr. Robert Abbe, a noted New York surgeon and Bar Harbor summer resident, the museum first opened to the public in 1928.  The original museum at Sieur de Monts Spring is open seasonally, from Memorial Day until Indigenous Peoples' Day.  A second year-round facility opened in downtown Bar Harbor in September 2001.  This facility located at 26 Mount Desert Street, across from the Village Green, provides over ten times the space for exhibitions, education and collections.

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