The Abbe Museum is dedicated to inspiring new learning about the Wabanaki Nations of Maine, focusing on traditional material culture as well as contemporary stories of modern Wabanaki communities and issues.
The Museum maintains two sites: the original building located in Acadia National Park, and a second facility in downtown Bar Harbor. The Abbe was the first institution in Maine to sponsor archaeological research, and is now the main repository for archaeological collections from the midcoast region.
The Museum has expanded its scope to include ethnographic materials from the 17-20th centuries, and is particularly well-represented in Native basketry. The Abbe Museum enjoys a strong collaborative relationship with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, sharing collections, scholars, exhibitions, and educational expertise.