History & Museums
The Abbe Museum celebrates the heritage, culture, history, and archaeology of Maine's Native Americans. Changing exhibitions and educational programs engage visitors of all ages. 26 Mount Desert Street, Downtown Bar Harbor. Open year round. 207-288-3519.
Bar Harbor Historical Society
Founded in 1946, the society oversees collections and exhibits that include photographs, paintings, and clothing from the Gilded Age. Open June to October, 1-4 pm, closed Sundays and holidays. Open in winter by appointment, call 207-288-0000 or 207-288-3807. Admission is free. 33 Ledgelawn Avenue. barharborhistorical.org
George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History investigates, interprets, and displays the natural world of Maine. All exhibits are designed and produced by students at the College of the Atlantic. The Museum is housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park, renovated and expanded to provide a unique site for exhibits, programs, and activities. College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street. 207-288-5395.coamuseum.org
Mount Desert Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery
Enjoy an up-close experience with marine life. Take a guided tour of a salt marsh and the Maine Lobster Museum. At the working lobster hatchery, see mother lobsters, baby lobsters, and the hatchery process. Group discounts and tours available. Two locations: Route 3, Bar Harbor and Clark Point Road, Southwest Harbor. Combination tickets available. Open 9-5, except Sundays, mid-May through mid-October. 207-288-5005 (summer), 207-244-7330 (winter).theoceanarium.com
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Find a wide variety of antique autos and motorcycles, from an 1899 DeDion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with special emphasis on cars from the "Brass Era" (1895-1917).
Sieur de Monts Spring & Nature Center
Learn about plants and animals through hands-on exhibits and find out how Acadia National Park manages these resources. Open late May through early October. Free admission. Located on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. 207-288-3338.
The Somesville Museum, overlooking a historic millpond and tranquil Somes Harbor, which is operated by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, has exhibits depicting the island's long history. You can also purchase a booklet with a self-guided walking tour of the village here. The historical society also operates the Old School House & Museum at the intersection of Routes 3 and 198.
Wendell Gilley Museum exhibits more than 200 bird carvings including a life-size bald eagle carved by Wendell Gilley along with other American bird carvers; carving workshops available throughout the year.
NOTE: Listings here are in a rotating alphabetical sequence. That means each time you visit the page, you'll see the entire list beginning (and ending) with a different listing.