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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: To inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit.

Programs: Operation of a contemporary museum located in the heart of downtown bar harbor, maine focusing on the understanding and appreciation of the state of maine's native american heritage, culture, history, and archaeology. The museum's collections, exhibitions, and programs focus on native american traditions in maine and explore the broader native american experience, past and present. The history and cultures of maine's native american people, the wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions, special events, collection management, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools and craft workshops for children and adults. Visitors find dynamic and stimulating exhibitions and activities interspersed with spaces for quiet reflection. In addition to the downtown location, 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 native american archaeology of maine. Admissions: the museum had over 25,000 visits combined at our two locations. Visitors came from most of usa plus many foreign countries. Curatorial services: the museum serves as one of only two federally recognized repositories for archaeological artifacts in the state of maine. In addition, the museum houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary native american artwork and crafts which, in part, forms the basis for public exhibitions that highlight native american culture. Education: the museum provided educational programs to schools throughout maine both on site and in the classroom. School programs address topics of archaeology, culture differences, trade economies, and stereotyping. The museum provides a teacher training workshop, workshops and demostrations for adults and children, and is an essential resource for helping teachers and students comply with new state legislation, known as "the wabanaki initiative. " the museum also provides educational opportunities for adults and children visiting acadia national park. Memberships: the museum offers several levels of membership. Each level offers certain benefits. Some of the benefits are unlimited free admission, invitations to events and newsletters. Operation of a contemporary museum located in the heart of downtown bar harbor, maine focusing on the understanding and appreciation of the state of maine's native american heritage, culture, history, and archaeology. The museum's collections, exhibitions, and programs focus on native american traditions in maine and explore the broader native american experience, past and present. The history and cultures of maine's native american people, the wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions, special events, collection management, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools and craft workshops for children and adults. Visitors find dynamic and stimulating exhibitions and activities interspersed with spaces for quiet reflection. In addition to the downtown location, 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 native american archaeology of maine. Admissions: the museum had over 25,000 visits combined at our two locations. Visitors came from most of usa plus many foreign countries. Curatorial services: the museum serves as one of only two federally recognized repositories for archaeological artifacts in the state of maine. In addition, the museum houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary native american artwork and crafts which, in part, forms the basis for public exhibitions that highlight native american culture. Education: the museum provided educational programs to schools throughout maine both on site and in the classroom. School programs address topics of archaeology, culture differences, trade economies, and stereotyping. The museum provides a teacher training workshop, workshops and demostrations for adults and children, and is an essential resource for helping teachers and students comply with new state legislation, known as "the wabanaki initiative. " the museum also provides educational opportunities for adults and children visiting acadia national park. Memberships: the museum offers several levels of membership. Each level offers certain benefits. Some of the benefits are unlimited free admission, invitations to events and newsletters.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sydney Roberts R.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am a small donor to the Abbe, but also a friend of the Director and many staff members. It has become a powerful member of culture on Mount Desert Island and nationally. The staff is a joy to work with on collaborative efforts. They deserve lots of credit.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Abbe draws on more than 80 years of curatorial and archeological effort and a deep relationship with the Wabanaki to create a 21st century resource for Mount Desert Island, Maine, America and the wider world. Its gifted leadership and staff know that "place" is at once historical, cultural, physical and emotional. Those who enter the Abbe environment discover the deep history, vibrant present, and promising future of the First People of this place.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an award-winning museum dedicated to informing the public about the Wabanaki cultures of Maine, from the ancient past to the present day. Its exhibits reflect a close working relationship with the contemporary Wabanaki nations of Maine. Dr. William A. Haviland Professor Emeritus of Anthropolgy The University of Vermont

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Abbe Museum is a wonderful non-profit. The museum is well-done with lots of Native American artifacts, art, and history. They do a great job of illustrating the role that Native Americans played in our early history and the impact that they have in Bar Harbor today. The Abbe is more than a museum, it is a community center where they have school programs and public programs geared toward educating all about our rich Native American culture. We are very fortunate to have this great resource in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Abbe is over 80 years old, and has a story to tell that is timeless, but the staff is youthful, creative and up-to-the-minute in terms of museum management and interpretation. There is a wonderful team spirit and genuine desire to learn among the Board, staff and volunteers that make this a very satisfying place to serve as a Trustee. Outreach to the community, both tribal and nontribal, is vibrant and continues to keep the mission front and center so that the Abbe's place as a unique resource for the State of Maine, the entire Northeast U.S. and the country, is clear.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Visited the Abbe Museum this past summer. I found the Abbe to be a top-flight museum that met or exceeded my expectations. They treated the stories of the native populations of Mount Desert Island with dignity and respect and it is clear that they care deeply about their relationship with these peoples as well. I also enjoyed thoroughly my visit to the Abbe facility in Acadia National park. A truly wonderful nonprofit that deserves its accolades and support.