Along with the dedicated work of our team—composed of educators, preservationists, designers, and thinkers—you support turns our vision for the museum's future into a reality.Your annual fund gift will enable us to realize our goals, making a lasting impact for tribal members, museum visitors, and local citizens. By fulfilling our trusted role as a Bar Harbor community anchor, we will create a ripple effect across the state and New England that will strengthen Maine’s quality of life and local economies.
Trusted educational resource. Cornerstone of Maine’s cultural heritage. Community partner. These are just a few ways the Abbe is described—on MDI, across Maine, and far beyond. Over the past 86 years, our impact on school children, families, and adult learners has been felt and the Abbe has grown into a Smithsonian-affiliated institution. This is thanks to the generosity of people like you.
Sustainable, relevant, meaningful: we share these goals for the future of the Abbe Museum. This past October, we kicked off a new planning process that will guide us through the years to come. We’re thinking about place – how can Bar Harbor become a destination for Northeastern Native art? We’re thinking about our relationships with tribal communities – how can the Abbe take a decolonized approach to our work so that Wabanaki people are included in all of our programmatic and operational activities? And, we’re thinking about our partners - how can we strengthen the Abbe and the MDI community through collaborations and strategic alliances?
Help us turn the answers to these questions into the museum's future with a gift today.
Our visitors tell us how we're doing...
"Fabulous exhibit – we are members and very proud of everything that is being done at the Abbe Museum. A joy to visit every year!"
"Excellent educational exhibits connecting objects, history, archaeology and preservation in a very interesting way."
"I'm Micmac…Thanks for preserving Native culture and baskets."
"A wonderful reminder that we are guests on this planet."
"Always gratifying to see museums who tell the truth, at least as we know it."
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Director of Advancement
P.O. Box 286
Bar Harbor, ME 04609