History. Culture. Education.

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.
In Bar Harbor, there are several interesting museums to enjoy. Most visitors stop at the Abbe Museum to learn about the Wakanaki Nations , including incredible handwoven baskets. Bar Harbor is also home to the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History on the College of the Atlantic campus and Museum in the Streets – a self-guided heritage discovery trail through the heart of downtown.
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!
Islesford Historical Museum

Islesford Historical Museum

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.

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Museum in the Streets, Bar Harbor, Maine

The Museum in the Streets

A heritage discovery trail that invites you to discover Bar Harbor’s unique story at their your pace, over the course of an afternoon or several return visits.

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Seal Cove Auto Museum, Maine

Seal Cove Auto Museum

The Seal Cove Auto Museum’s collection features some of the earliest automobiles and motorcycles, as well as clothing and accessories, from 1895 through the early 1920s.

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