"The Sweet Waters of Acadia"

The Sieur de Monts Nature Center in Acadia National Park is home to the Abbe Museum, the Wild Gardens of Acadia, and the Sieur de Monts Spring, all of which are free to access with a national parks pass. The nature center itself covers a wide variety of topics including the role of fires, wildlife, and air quality on Mount Desert Island.  The Sieur De Monts Spring is just behind the nature center, a key historical factor in the foundation of the park. The Wild Gardens sit to the right of the building, harboring over 300 native plant species, each labeled. The Abbe Museum is dedicated to displaying the Native American culture that flourished on Mount Desert Island before the parks existence.
The Nature Center is housed in a small stone building. When it’s open, the center is staffed by park rangers ready to answer any questions. Admission is free, and it’s located at one of the entrances to the Park Loop Road, making it a great place to begin your Acadia National Park experience.
Many hiking trails are also accessible from the Sieur De Monts Nature center area. Visit Hike Acadia to find the perfect trail!
Sweetwater Circle
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Open Daily
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mid-June through Late September
Free with Park Pass