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Museums & galleries in Acadia, Bar Harbor offer depth to your vacation

Find art galleries and museums of art, science, technology, for children, and more; with maps
The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor
The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor

26 Mount Desert Street (Route 3) Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3519

The Abbe offers innovative exhibitions and programs on Maine’s Native American heritage. In recent years, the Abbe has grown from a small but lovely trailside museum to an exciting contemporary museum in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. At the Abbe’s new downtown museum, visitors find dynamic and stimulating exhibitions and activities interspersed with spaces for quiet reflection. The history and cultures of Maine’s Native people, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions, special events, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools and craft workshops for children and adults. Hours: Summer hours are late May through early November, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; winter hours are Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed in January. Cost: Adults, $6; children ages 6-15, $2; free to Native Americans; includes admission to both museum locations. Information: www.abbemuseum.org/
Cole Land Transportation Museum

405 Perry Road Bangor, ME, 04401 Phone: 207-990-3600

Exhibits feature antique vehicles, including a display of military cars and trucks. There is also a covered bridge on the premises. Hours: May 1-November 11, daily, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; seniors age 62 and older, $5; children under age 19, free. Information: www.colemuseum.org/
George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History

105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-5395

The museum investigates, interprets and displays the natural world of Maine. The museum showcases dioramas that portray native species in natural and human-altered environments. The museum is housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: By donation. Information: http://bit.ly/WgQ002.
Bangor Museum and Center For History

25 Broad Street Bangor, ME, 04401 Phone: 207-942-1900

The museum focuses on the history of Bangor and the surrounding area. Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5; seniors, $3; children under age 12, free
Maine Forest and Logging Museum

54 Government Road Bradley, ME, 04411 Phone: 207-974-6278

The museum is dedicated to keeping alive the forest history of long ago for the present day citizens of Maine. The centerpiece of the museum is Leonard's Mills, a reconstructed logging and mill community of the 1790s. Programs feature volunteers in period dress demonstrating traditional skills and crafts. Events include living history days and summer programs. Group tours can be scheduled.
Hours: The Museum is open daily from April through October for self-guided tours; the nature trails are open year round.
Cost: Fee charged only for special events.
Information: www.leonardsmills.com.
Wilson Museum Complex

120 Perkins Street Castine, ME Phone: 207-326-9247

Museum consists of the Wilson Museum, with rocks and minerals, prehistoric artifacts from North and South America, dioramas of early human periods, early weapons and firearms, ship models, 19th-century carpenters tools, farm and household equipment, reconstructed 1805 kitchen and Victorian parlor, archival material related to Castine history; the John Perkins House; Blacksmith Shop; and Hearse House. Admission is free, except for the John Perkins House, where there are guided tours. Hours: May 27-September 30, weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 2-5 p.m. Admission: Free. Information: www.wilsonmuseum.org.
Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving

4 Herrick Road Southwest Harbor, ME, 04679 Phone: 207-244-7555

Founded in 1981, the museum is the major showcase for the work of world-renowned bird carver Wendell Gilley, a Southwest Harbor native who was one of the two or three recognized pioneers of this indigenous American art form. Hours: June through October,Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; May, November, and December, Friday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Cost: Adults, $5; children age 5-12, $2. Information: www.wendellgilleymuseum.org.
The Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring

2 miles south of Bar Harbor near the Park Loop Road and Route 3 in Acadia National Park Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3519

The Abbe offers innovative exhibitions and programs on Maine’s Native American heritage. 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 the Native American archaeology of Maine. Woodland setting with paths and trails running through it. Hours: Late May through mid October, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $3; children age 6-15, $1; free to Native Americans. Information: http://www.abbemuseum.org.