Museums of Man and Nature
In recent years, the Abbe has grown from a small trailside museum, privately operated within Acadia National Park, to an exciting contemporary museum in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. In 2013, the Museum became the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine.
At the Abbe's downtown museum, visitors find dynamic and stimulating exhibitions and activities interspersed with spaces for quiet reflection. The history and cultures of Maine's Native people, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions, special events, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools and craft workshops for children and adults.
From spring through fall, the Abbe's historic trailside museum at Sieur de Monts Spring continues to offer visitors a step back in time to early 20th century presentations of Native American archaeology in Maine.
For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Although he visited less frequently after contracting polio, Campobello remained important to FDR. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada.
The Ross Memorial Museum is housed in a red brick Georgian mansion built in 1824, one of St. Andrews' many historic and architecturally significant buildings. Once the residence of Loyalist Harris Hatch, the Ross Memorial Museum is now furnished with the stunning furniture and decorative arts collection of Henry Phipps Ross and Sarah Juliette Ross.
An American couple, the Rosses came to St. Andrews for a picnic early in 1902, fell in love with the area, bought an estate on the edge of town and summered here for the next forty years! Their collection was amassed during those years and features the fine work of 19th century New Brunswick cabinetmakers, American and Canadian artists, oriental carpets and objets d'art from their world travels.
The St. Andrews Blockhouse is situated in the picturesque seaside resort of St. Andrews, in southwestern New Brunswick. Here you will step back in time to an era of conflict along New Brunswick's border with the United States. Imagine a time when these neighbours were at war. Fearful of American invasion, townspeople built this blockhouse, to military specifications, during the War of 1812.
The Grand Manan Museum collects, preserves, and displays items that represent the human and natural history of the Village of Grand Manan, and the Islands of the Grand Manan Archipelago. It promotes education and appreciation of the community heritage, culture, and physical environment through public programs and exhibits.
Located in what used to be the original Ganong candy factory, The Chocolate Museum offers an interactive way to learn about candy making in St. Stephen - a tradition that has lasted over a century.
At the Museum, you will explore the history of the Ganong family and the wonder of chocolate with our hands-on exhibits, vintage chocolate boxes, and antique candy-making equipment and machines. Peek into the studio where Ganong's famous hand dippers still craft chocolates the way they have for more than one hundred years, and learn the secret to making "Ganong's best" chocolates.
Come to the Chocolate Museum to see why St. Stephen is known as "Canada's Chocolate Town", and don't forget to indulge in unlimited Ganong chocolates while you're here!
Kings Landing isn’t another stuffy museum—we offer you the chance to make a little history of your own! When you first enter the site, you’ll find interactive, engaging exhibits that might just surprise you. See artifacts rarely displayed from our collection of over 70,000 pieces and share in their stories, mystery and intrigue. Dress up in 19th century fashion and take a selfie. Play a tune on a rosewood piano from the mid-Victorian era. Pile your friends and family into our lumber camp at the R.H. Nicolson Exhibit. The exhibits are constantly changing at Kings Landing, so visit often to take full advantage.
The Charlotte County Museum is located in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, in the 1864 former home of prominent lumberman James Murchie. The collection, exhibits, and architectural details reflect the history, industrial development and social life of the area from its Loyalist beginnings. Guided tours offer an informative glimpse into early county life.
Woodlawn has 180-acres to explore. Visitors can tour the historic Black House (plan 45 minutes to one hour for a tour), shop in our gift shop, come to afternoon tea, take a stroll through our gardens, view our collection of historic carriages and sleighs, participate in special events and activities, play croquet, enjoy a picnic on the grounds, or simply enjoy a walk on the grounds and trails.
The museum has on display Maine Native tools, baskets, beaded artifacts, historic photos, and arts and crafts. Mannequins, whose features are designed from actual Passamaquoddies, are placed in settings depicting the day-to-day lifestyle of yore.
The museum seeks to portray Maine Native People in a positive light.
Photos of Native ancestors who fought in American wars- The Civil War, The Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Store - dot the walls.
The museum has undertaken the preservation of the Passamaquoddy language. A written version now exists and the vocabulary continues to grow. The Passamaquoddy Dictionary is being updated. The dictionary is also on line at the Language Portal. The Museum also sells publications and Cassette Tapes in learning the Passamaquoddy language and culture.
New Brunswick Museums
1. Campobello Public Library and Museum, Campobello Island
2. Charlotte County Museum, St. Stephen
3. Chocolate Museum, St. Stephen
4. Grand Manan Museum, Grand Manan Island
5. Gaskin Museum of Marine Life, Grand Manan Island
8. St. Andrews Blockhouse National Historic Site, St. Andrews
9. Sheriff Andrews House, St. Andrews
10. Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, St. Andrews
11. Wild Salmon Nature Centre, St. Andrews
Museums In Maine
1. Alexander-Crawford Historical Society, Alexander
4. Cherryfield-Narrag Historical Society Museum, Cherryfield
7. Lubec Historical Society Museum, Lubec
8. Maine Coast Sardine History Museum, Jonesport
10. Milbridge Historical Museum, Milbridge
12. Quoddy Dam Model Museum, Eastport
13. Raye's Mustard Mill Museum, Eastport
14. Robert S. Peacock Fire Museum, Lubec
16. Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport
17. Waponahki Tribal Museum, Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation
Museums in Maine, cont'd
2. Bar Harbor Whale Museum, Bar Harbor
3. Blue Hill Historical Society, Blue Hill
4. Brooklin Keeping Historical Society, Brooklin
5. Brooksville Historical Society Museum, Brooksville
9. Country Store Museum, Bass Harbor
10. Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society Museum, Deer Isle
12. Frenchboro Historical Society, Frenchboro
14. Great Harbor Maritime Museum, Northeast Harbor
18. Mount Desert Oceanarium, Bar Harbor
21. Orland Historical Society Museum, Orland
22. Preble-Marr Historical Museum, Great Cranberry Island
24. Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society Museum, Sedgwick
25. Somesville Historical Museum, Mount Desert Island
26. Sound School House Museum, Mount Desert Island