History & Museums

Abbe Museum
The Abbe Museum is a museum of Wabanaki art, history, and culture. 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. coa.edu/dorr-museum

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

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.
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Red Cloak Haunted History Tours
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Red Cloak Haunted History Tours

An evening lantern lit tour of historic Bar Harbor. Come with us to find some of the mysteries behind the history! As Maine's largest walking tour company and in business over 10 years, we would love to share our expertise with you and your family. The Bar Harbor of yesteryear will come alive as we blend colorful history with real stories! Tickets are available online or by phone. We are open 7 nights a week, May - October, for your spooky pleasure! Daytime tours by request.

Bar Harbor Ghost Tours
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Bar Harbor Ghost Tours

Look for the BLUE LANTERN

The only ghost tour to have Exclusive Nighttime Access to The 1932 Criterion Theatre

Hauntings, History, & Culture - We know what follows you in the forests of Acadia and scratches on your windows at night while you try to sleep.  Our historically dressed tour guides delight in bringing you ancient tales of Wabanaki Indian spirits and terrible curses as well as other frightful and historic hauntings about town. Join Bar Harbor's original ghost tour for a spirited evening and hear tales no one else will tell. Tours operate nightly, May 1st- October 30th. Reservations are required

Tickets can be purchased online at www.barharborghosttours.com or at the Abbe Museum Gift Shop (open daily 10-5 at 26 Mount Desert Street)  Check out the Snack & Scare Package and add a little bite to your fright!

ABBE MUSEUM
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ABBE MUSEUM

The mission of the Abbe Museum, Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. The Abbe works closely with the Wabanaki people to share their stories, history, and culture with a broader audience. With a collection of over 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects, the Museum's collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums. The Abbe holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry in any museum. 

Historic Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring is open May-October. Admission charged at both locations.

Acadia National Park
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Acadia National Park

The First Eastern National Park

BAR HARBOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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BAR HARBOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Provides and preserves access to the many collections and exhibits of Bar Harbor and surrounding areas. Features town history, membership, and information.

ArtWaves
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ArtWaves

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There's always something going on at Artwaves - from drop-in figure drawing,
Drawing classes Thursdays, painting on Tuesdays-
Sample the art of Batik, Stained glass, felting, painting, kids events at our
mini workshops at the YWCA Studio Tuesdays & Wednesdays, or at our 329 Main Street Center
Wednesdays is Open Studio Time to practice those skills-
Sign up for a Creativity Date for you or both of you- create a piece for your home, or gain new skills
Be sure to check out our Artists exhibits at the Muniseum Offices and MDI Hospital Reception Area!


Register for Workshops, ArtPartys, classes, and see what's happening online at artwavesmdi.com