It was a busy year at the Abbe Museum, and we hit a major milestone in the fall – we wrapped up the first year of the Abbe’s new strategic plan! This first-year was about staff realignment, planning, double checking feasibility, and forecasting budgets to meet the call of the plan. Of great note is the opening of People of the First Light, which has transformed our exhibition space and how we work with our audiences.

We also celebrated our 15th year in Bar Harbor. Since we’ve joined the downtown community, we’ve become a Smithsonian Affiliate, an active member of the International Coalition for the Sites of Conscience, a partner to Acadia National Park, and a committed and involved community anchor. We also continued to make huge strides in securing our place as a leading resource and model that the museum field turns to for ideas, solutions, and strategies for comprehensive museum decolonization.

Our success is because of support like yours - thank you for believing in what we do.

Almost in our 9th decade, we remember Dr. Robert Abbe’s legacy as we plan for the future. We reflect on how the organization has evolved over time and the impact it has had on the learning of its hundreds of thousands of visitors. Education still remains at the center of what we do every day. We’ve been able to grow and properly care for the collections and offer changing exhibits, workshops, and programs. Our audiences enjoy learning directly from and interacting with Wabanaki educators who are generous with their time and willing to share their culture with life-long learners and students from all over the globe.


Abbe By the Numbers

  • 30,000 Museum visitors
  • 135,783 website page views
  • 2 new exhibits, 6 ongoing
  • 120 Native people were involved in the conception and creation of the exhibits
  • 2,368 individuals impacted by the Abbe's programs
  • 25 tours were given, reaching 606 visitors traveling via cruise ships and tour buses
  • 51 schools, 3,174 students, and 171 teachers were educated by Abbe staff
  • 14 programs presented inside Acadia National Park drew a total of 1,777 visitors
  • $98,609 in Admission sales
  • $100,590  in Merchandise sales
  • $70,966 in Annual Fund gifts
  • $52,871 in Project Grants/Sponsorships
  • $17,969 In-Kind donations
  • $270,970 in support of People of the First Light



This map depicts the location of individuals using our website. The United States had the most use with 44,136 sessions, followed by Canada with 1,558, the United Kingdom with 687, Germany with 279, Brazil with 199, and France with 164. A session is a group of interactions that take place on our website within a given time frame. For example, a single session can contain multiple screen or page views, events, and social interactions.

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