The Abbe Museum presents the heritage, history and culture of the Wabanaki, Maine’s Native American people. The museum was founded by Dr. Robert Abbe in 1926 and first opened to the public in 1928 at Sieur de Monts Spring in what is now Acadia National Park. In 2001 the Abbe opened a second location, a 17,000 square foot museum in downtown Bar Harbor.
The Wabanaki have inhabited Maine for thousands of years. Their first encounters with Europeans came in the 1500s and 1600s. Today, the major tribes that make up the Wabanaki are the Maliseet, Micmac, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy.
The Abbe’s collections consist of over 50,000 objects encompassing 10,000 years of Maine Native American History. Permanent exhibitions at the Abbe include Layers of Time in the downtown location which features the archeological history and artifacts taken from more than a dozen sites; and the archeological exhibits at the original Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts.
The Abbe Museum shop offers Native American baskets, carvings, jewelry, and other art from Micmac, Maliseet, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy artists.
Hours of Operation
The downtown location is open year-round as follows:
- Winter Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM, Closed January
- Summer Hours (Late May through early November): Open Daily 10 AM to 5 PM
The Abbe at Sieur de Monts is open seasonally from late May through mid-October daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Address / Contact Information
26 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Abbe at Sieur de Monts
Acadia National Park
Other Bar Harbor Museums
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- George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History – Bar Harbor, Maine
- Mount Desert Oceanarium – Bar Harbor, Maine
- Wendell Gilley Museum – Southwest Harbor, Maine