Sure, you come to Acadia National Park because of the nature and outdoors, but especially during your first visit you should take some time to visit some of the museums on Mount Desert Island and walk around the visitor centers.
Several of the museums on Mount Desert Island are outside of Bar Harbor. In Southwest Harbor, be sure to stop by The Wendell Gilley Museum, which celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature, and art.
The Great Harbor Maritime Museum is located on Main Street in Northeast Harbor. Throughout the years, the museum has hosted events ranging from model boat regattas to lectures from notable boat builders and other prominent guests.
Explore the many historical and educational museums on Mount Desert Island below!
Visitors to the museum are able to step on board the stern of a lobster boat and handle the tools used daily by fishermen; see boat models, paintings, buoys, and hooked rugs created by the fishermen and their families.