Bar Harbor Galleries & Museums

Bar Harbor, Maine Galleries & Museums

Bar Harbor Area Galleries & Museums

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.
Judy 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.
Seal 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 of Acadia 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 of Acadia.
Wendell 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
William 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.
Woodlawn Museum
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.

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