Abbe Museum Celebrates 10 Years Downtown!

The Abbe Museum is celebrating 10 years in downtown Bar Harbor! As a way to thank the community for its support over the past decade, the Abbe is offering a special gift for all visitors: 10 nights of free admission!

In September 2001, after a successful capital campaign, the Abbe Museum opened its “new” location in a renovated space that once housed the town’s YMCA. The original Abbe, a historic trail-side museum at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park, opened in 1928 and is still open seasonally. The new downtown museum provides proper space for the 50,000 piece collection, multiple galleries for changing exhibitions and year-round educational programs and activities for the community. Over the past decade the Abbe Museum has hosted thousands of school children, tour groups, visitors, families, artists, and educators in the comfortable, contemporary spaces of the new facility.

To thank everyone who helped to bring the Abbe downtown and for the community’s continued support, this September the Downtown Abbe will commemorate its 10th anniversary by offering 10 nights of free admission. Earlier this summer the museum opened a blockbuster exhibition entitled: Indians & Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s. The show, which is up until the end of 2012, offers visitors an opportunity to “step back in time” and experience Bar Harbor a century ago. By staying open late and offering free admission, local residents will have a unique opportunity to experience this and other exhibits that reflect the history of our region. As the busy Bar Harbor summer turns to fall, everyone is invited to help us celebrate by enjoying a free evening of cultural enjoyment at the Abbe in downtown Bar Harbor.

The Details:


FREE Evening Admission to the Downtown Abbe Museum


5:00-7:00 PM, Monday-Friday September 12-16 and 19-23


The Downtown Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor


The Abbe Museum is celebrating 10 Years Downtown with 10 nights of FREE admission!

The current exhibitions on display at the Abbe Museum are: Indians & Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s which highlights the role that Mount Desert Island played in the cultural and economic survival of Wabanakis, The 2011 Waponahki Student Art Show featuring original artworks created by Passamaquoddy and Penobscot students from early childhood education through high school, Objects of our Affection focusing on the effects of agents of deterioration on museum collections, Layers of Time highlighting archaeological research in Maine conducted by the Abbe Museum since 1928, and much more. The regular open hours of the Abbe Museum are 10-5 seven days a week, and regular admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children aged 6-16; Abbe Museum Members, Native Americans, and children under 6 are free. The original Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring is open 10-5 daily through October 8th and admission for Sieur de Monts only is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Note: This evening special does not include the Abbe at Sieur de Monts, which will operate on a regular schedule.