Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor

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Learn about Maine's Native American history at Abbe Museum, featuring more than 50,000 artifacts. Dating from the Paleoindian period to present times, these objects include everything from stone-based materials like knives, axes, and fishing weights to bone objects like combs, needles, and harpoons. Check out ancient pottery and jewelry, and don't miss the original canoe or the 3,000-year-old flute made from a swan bone. Consider choosing a souvenir from the Native American arts and crafts and educational books at the gift shop before leaving. Plan my trip to Bar Harbor with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • the exhibit of children's art was FANTASTIC! each item impressed and touched me in so many ways. the rest of the museum provided much information in a direct and objective way. Would return. 
    the exhibit of children's art was FANTASTIC! each item impressed and touched me in so many ways. the rest of the museum provided much information in a direct and objective way. Would return.  more »
  • We entered the museum and the woman that took our entrance fee was so nice and knowledgeable. We toured the entire museum learning more and more about the indigenous people of Bar Harbor. It was an....  more
    We entered the museum and the woman that took our entrance fee was so nice and knowledgeable. We toured the entire museum learning more and more about the indigenous people of Bar Harbor. It was an....  more »
  • Very tasteful and thoughtful introduction to Maine’s indigenous people. Their story is told through their eyes, and we were moved by their artistry and history. We came away with a desire to learn... 
    Very tasteful and thoughtful introduction to Maine’s indigenous people. Their story is told through their eyes, and we were moved by their artistry and history. We came away with a desire to learn...  more »
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  • A lovely exhibit. The children's artwork is inspiring and I loved reading the artists' notes about their works! Such fun to see! The display of porcupine artwork is breathtaking, the baskets are divine. The video clips do a great job explaining the cultural importance and symbolism of the artwork. The museum is housed in a beautiful unique building. It is well worth a visit!
  • Great ethnographic museum. Learned a ton on the indigineous tribes and early settlers. Laid out in easy to access and process manner. Digestible bites. Children's art show was heartwarming. Kudos to the teachers who encouraged creativity, self expression and self insight across a wide range of ages. Overall Impressive work current generation is doing to keep alive the language, culture and lifestyle of their ancestors.
  • My boyfriend and I truly enjoyed this museum. It was well kept and had nice displays. The displays told the stories of the indigenous people of Maine from their point of view, which I feel is very important.
  • Great museum! Very informational, engaging and deeply meaningful content. Whether you're well versed on indigenous culture and topics, or know nothing about it, you will walk out having learned something new.
  • An encouraging and welcoming place that fleshed out, for me, the movement to reform ourselves (most people in the U.S. including me) and to do much much more to right the wrongs that have been perpetrated and are still perpetrated against Native Americans. From government policies to everyday thoughtlessness.

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