One mission, two locations - Inspiring new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

In recent years, the Abbe has grown from a small trailside museum, privately operated within Acadia National Park, to an exciting contemporary museum in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. In 2013, the Museum became the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine. 

At the Abbe's downtown museum, visitors find dynamic and stimulating exhibitions and activities interspersed with spaces for quiet reflection. The history and cultures of the Native people in Maine, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions, special events, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools, and workshops for children and adults.

From spring through fall, the Abbe's historic trailside museum at Sieur de Monts Spring continues to offer visitors a step back in time to early 20th century presentations of Native American archaeology in Maine.


The museum is heartfelt, accessible, and has something for all visitors but doesn’t shy away from telling the hard truths of the past and present. We are all involved in the process of making the world better. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and appreciate, to recognize beauty and work, and the unity of all things.
— Emma, 2018

The Abbe Museum acknowledges Indigenous land.

We are in the homeland of the Wabanaki, the People of the Dawn. We extend our respect and gratitude to the many Indigenous people and their ancestors whose rich histories and vibrant communities include the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations and all of the Native communities who have lived here for thousands of generations in what is known today as Maine, New England, and the Canadian Maritimes. We make this acknowledgement aware of continual violations of water, territorial rights, and sacred sites in the Wabanaki homeland. The Abbe is honored to collaborate with the Wabanaki as they share their stories.

Strategic Plan

The Abbe Museum  is a museum of Wabanaki art, history, and culture. This strategic plan will guide the next phase of the our growth and development, from its adoption in 2015, through the next five to seven years. Read more ›

People of the First Light

People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum's new core exhibit, introduces visitors to the Wabanaki universe, engaging them with the culture and history of a people that is unfamiliar to many. Read more ›


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