26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor
The first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine, the Abbe Museum, in Bar Harbor, Maine, is a museum of Wabanaki art, history, and culture. The Wabanaki are a confederacy of tribes that includes the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations. The Wabanaki called Bar Harbor Manesayd’ik, or “clam gathering place,” due to the abundance of clams at the sand bar. The Wabanaki developed specialized fishing spears, lures, and weirs to catch the region’s abundant marine species. They traded with Europeans on these shores, including from an encampment on Bar Harbor’s waterfront.
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Two locations: downtown Bar Harbor (26 Mount Desert St) and inside Acadia National Park at Sieur de Monts Spring (open mid-May through mid-October).
The downtown location open seasonally (Feb-April Th-Sat 10-4; May-October Daily 10-5; Nov-Dec Th-Sat 10-4). Fee. Limited Parking. Restrooms. Accessible.
Sources & Links
Bar Harbor Historical Society http://www.barharborhistorical.org/
Online exhibit “Gluskap of the Wabanaki.” Maine Memory Network. http://www.mainememory.net/sitebuilder/site/736/page/1144/display?use_mmn=1&popup=1