Bar Harbor and the surrounding villages have many excellent galleries and museums with a wide range of art, crafts, and extensive exhibits. Choose arts & crafts covering the last 10,000 years of the Maine Native cultures through contemporary painters and a world renown bird carver. There is a museum exhibit of rare automobiles and motorcycles, a maritime related exhibit, an oceanarium, and a 19th century home complete with period furniture.
Abbe Museum - Maine Indian Heritage
- Learn about the Maine Native tribes and people through exhibitions and programs that span 10,000 years of their history. View their art, crafts, and archeology. Hear their songs and stories.
- George B.
Dorr Museum of Natural History
- Housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park on
the College of the Atlantic campus, the George B. Dorr Museum of
Natural History investigates, interpretes, and displays the natural
world of Acadia and Maine. Open mid-June through Labor Day, Monday - Saturday,
10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Open Labor Day through mid-June by appointment.
- Great Harbor Maritime Museum
- Located at the old fire station in Northeast
Harbor on 125 Main Street, the museum exhibits copies of historic
photographs that show aspects of maritime history relating to the
Mount Desert Island area with a focus on boat design, boat building,
and the impact it has had on the communities. Open June through
Columbus Day Weekend, Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Taylor Studio & Gallery
- Judy Taylor studio and gallery, located in Southwest
Harbor, is a working studio and teaching atelier with works
ranging from landscapes and townscapes of coastal and interior
Maine to more classical renderings in oil of the figure and portrait.
She was an Acadia
National Park artist-in-residence and her work is included
in many private and corporate collections.
- Mount Desert Oceanarium
- Learn about the ocean, marshes, and their inhabitants. See lobsters and have their life cycle explained at the Lobster Hatchery
and the Lobster Museum. There is a Gift Shop for special items related
to the Maine coast. There are two locations - one in Bar Harbor and
the other in Southwest Harbor, both on Mount Desert Island.
Cove Auto Museum, The
- This auto museum has one of the best brass car collections in
the world that includes over 100 beautiful and rare automobiles and
motorcycles. It is located on the quiet southwestern side of Mount
Desert Island off the western loop of Route 102 in Seal
Cove, across from Seal Cove Pond.
Open June 1 through September 15, Seven days per week from 10:00
am - 5:00 pm
- Sieur de Monts Spring
- The Sieur de Monts Spring played a significant role in the history
National Park. It got its name from an early 1600's Lieutenant
Governor of New France. This location, with its 1909 Springhouse
built by the original Park's Superintendent, George B. Dorr, has
come to symbolize the enthusiasm and contributions of Dorr and other
early twentieth century citizens in the creation and preservation
of Acadia National Park. This location includes
part of the Abbe Museum, The
Nature Center, and The Wild Gardens
Gilley Museum, The
- A major showcase for the bird carvings of one of the 3 world renown
pioneers of the art form - Wendell Gilley. Located in Southwest
Harbor, Maine. (207) 244-7555
A. Bracken Gallery
- Both a member of the American Watercolor Society and the New England
Watercolor Society, William A. Bracken's realistic paintings depict
the local surroundings of Maine.
- Also called the Colonel Black House, this unique historical property
with period furniture is a must see museum in the Ellsworth area.
Originally built between 1824 and 1827, you feel like you have stepped
back in time while walking through its halls and rooms. The park,
gardens, and grounds are open year round, sunrise to sunset.
Enjoy the Entertainment!