Abbe Museum Bar Harbor Reviews
Native Inhabitants of Maine Jun 13, 2010
There are two Abbe Museums, both dedicated to educating people on Maine’s native inhabitants. The older one within Acadia at Sieur De Monts Spring focuses on archaeology, but we stopped by the newer museum conveniently located in downtown Bar Harbor just across from the Village Green.
The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is terrific, combining exhibits about the history of the Wabanaki people with interactive displays challenging you to consider modern dilemmas of the tribe’s descendants. The building housing the museum is much larger than you expect from the entrance and I was pleasantly surprised by how consistently you were compelled to consider the repercussions of events impacting the Wabanaki.
During our visit there was a demonstration of birch bark canoe building, hosted by a local who was still adept at the art. He was quite fascinating and I would have tarried except my daughter wasn’t quite as captivated. She was, however, intrigued by other exhibits and came away with a greater understanding of the people and an appreciation for their heritage and challenges. A museum which pushes you to actually think is always highly recommended!
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