Holiday Open House

The Abbe Museum's Annual Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, December 8, and this year we are teaming up with the Bar Harbor Merchant's Association to make the event even bigger!

Enjoy free admission to the Abbe all day, but make sure to visit from 1:00 - 4:00 for family activities and refreshments.  And, from 1:30-3:30, Santa Claus will be visiting the museum, thanks to the Bar Harbor Merchants Association.

Abbe Educator George Neptune has been planning some new crafts and activities for children of all ages, and families will have the opportunity to enjoy these special activities, in addition to the other family-friendly activities the Abbe has to offer, such as our Family Room with games and more, exhibit scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.  Volunteers will be on-hand to help children create items that they can take home with them, or give as gifts for the holidays.

Holiday goodies and refreshments will be provided by the Abbe's Culinary Arts Committee and the Bar Harbor Merchants Association, so stop in, relax, and have some fun!

There will also be other exciting events happening in Bar Harbor that weekend, so mark your calendar now!*  As part of the Holiday Open House, the Bar Harbor Merchants Association will be hosting 12 Days of Shopping & Dining Locally: A Customer Appreciation Event.  The Event kicks-off on December 8 with the activities at the Abbe Museum, as well as special in-store raffles at participating merchants** throughout Bar Harbor.  Then, for twelve days, qualifying purchases at those businesses will earn customers entry into a grand-prize raffle with the opportunity to win one of twelve $25 Bar Harbor Merchants Association Gift Certificates!  Winners will be drawn on December 20.  Visit or Facebook to learn more about the 12 Days of Shopping & Dining Locally!

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If you would like to learn more, are interested in volunteering at the Abbe Museum, or would like to contribute to this event, please contact Astra at 207.288.3519 or astra

**Other exciting events happening during the Holiday Weekend include the Village Holidays and Midnight Madness Sale, and during the Open House on the 8th, Spruce & Gussy's Bizarre Bazaar and the YWCA's Children's Christmas Bazaar.

*As of 11/30/2012 participating merchants include: A & B Naturals, Abbe Museum, Acadia Massage, Acadia Shop, Bark Harbor, Bayside Liquors, Christmas Spirit Shop, Fair Trade Winds, Fathom, House Wine, KA McDonald Picture Framing, Macey's, McKay's, Our New England Country Store, RH Salon, Sherman's, Side Street Cafe, Spruce and Gussy, Stone Soup, Thirsty Whale, Village Emporium, and Window Panes.  Visit here for updates and info about the 12 Days Event.