Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor

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#1 of 8 in Museums in DownEast and Acadia Maine
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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  • I visited the Abbe Museum shortly after I arrived on Mount Desert Island for a year's sojourn in the summer of 2013, and liked it so much I ended up working there! Note that I have not worked at the A...  more »
  • While we were at Village Green we walked to Abbe Museum. This is a cute and interesting American Indian Museum which tells the story (history) of the local Native Americans. It is well explained with ...  more »
  • This small museum is worth a visit. It tells the story of the local Native Americans - the Wabanaki Nations. My husband and I spent about an hour and a half to learn some local flavor. Well done and w...  more »
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  • We had a great experience visiting. Shop staff were knowledgeable about the museum and town and very friendly. There's something for everyone to learn here and the exhibits are clear, engaging and creative. In the shop there are a range of things to buy including beautiful artwork by native artists.
  • Smithsonian satellite museum of American Indians art and culture. Exceptional. Gift shop.
  • Made me aware of a natural American culture I had no idea about.
  • More of an art gallery than a museum. Some nice art, but not worth the admission in my opinion.
  • Educational celebration of the First Nation. Beautifully done Smithsonian museum with knowledgeable staff and gift shop.

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The waterfront in Bar Harbor features some of the more upscale hotels, with extras like rooftop pools, quaint dining areas, and spas. Head back from the water to find budget-friendly guesthouses and simple hotels on side streets adjoining the main commercial thoroughfares. Follow the coastal road leading north and south of town for some convenient motels.
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